Welcome to New Zealand’s largest law faculty. Law at Auckland is challenging, exciting and taught by some of the best-known legal scholars in the country. We teach students how to think critically, how to analyse and to persuade by logical argument.
We are the top-ranked law school in New Zealand and one of the best law schools in the world, ranked 36 globally according to the QS World University Rankings in 2017.
The AUT Law School offers a distinctive, professionally-focused legal education. Our programmes are designed to maximise your career opportunities, and AUT law graduates are highly sought after by law firms and other employers.
Study law with us and you’ll be taught by motivated and supportive academic staff, in programmes developed in close consultation with the legal profession.
Undergraduate study in law will give you a solid grounding in your chosen area.
- Bachelor of Laws
Postgraduate study in law will build on your knowledge and expertise in your area of interest.
- Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Law
- Master of Laws
- Master of Philosophy
- Doctor of Philosophy
Certificate and diplomas
A certificate or diploma will give you an introduction to your chosen subject and can prepare you for further study.
- Certificate in Legal Studies
Master of Laws
A Master of Laws will deepen your legal knowledge and legal research skills.
We offer a range of study options to suit your needs – you can complete the Master of Laws entirely by thesis, entirely by coursework, or through a combination of coursework and research.
One area of focus for our taught programme is advanced criminal law, enabling you to gain further expertise in that area. Other papers focus on human rights law, and indigenous rights and law.
Minimum entry requirements
- A Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Honours) or equivalent
- In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who does not meet the requirements above but who has extensive professional or scholarly experience of an appropriate kind, may be considered for admission
- Applicants must demonstrate to the Dean (or representative) an ability to undertake study at postgraduate level in the proposed course of study
English language requirements
- IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with 7.0 or higher in Writing and Reading, and 6.5 in Listening and Speaking; or equivalent
Legal research methodology requirement
You will normally also be required to complete a short, zero points, zero tuition fees paper called Legal Research Methodology at the beginning of the programme. However, an exemption may be granted if you are able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the dean (or representative) that you already have advanced skills in legal research methodology.
AUT Law School
120 Mayoral Drive
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