The following is an extract from the Law Careers Guide 2017

 

Postgraduate Study – Master of Laws (LLM)

Though the LLB provides all the tools needed to join the legal workforce, continuing study towards an LLM can be highly beneficial. Postgraduate study is a perfect opportunity to develop research skills and facilitates specialisation in an area of law. Career-wise, further study is essential for those interested in academia. Additionally, an overseas degree makes securing a job in a different country much easier.

Qualifying for an LLM
Every law school has different criteria for admission into post- graduate programmes. New Zealand programmes generally require candidates to have completed an LLB or LLB(Hons) degree, and maintain a grade point average in the B to B+ range or above. Applications can be strengthened by undertaking a judicial clerkship and having work published. Despite high standards, postgraduate opportunities are not exclusive to top-tier students. There are countless law schools around the world, and capable students should consider applying for an overseas LLM.

Those planning on pursuing postgraduate study must prepare from the outset of their LLB. Focus on maintaining good grades and developing relationships with academic staff (as they have usually been through the process themselves). Researching different universities is also important, to gain an understanding of the specific application process and requirements.

Paying for an LLM
Local postgraduate  study can be supported by StudyLink, however overseas postgraduate study must be self-funded. Despite this there are numerous scholarships that exist which can remove or reduce the costs of an LLM. Scholarship information is easily found online, which will come from:

  • your current university
  • your destination university (such as Oxford’s Rhodes Scholarship and Harvard’s Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship)
  • third parties (such as the Fullbright Scholarship for study in the US)

Note: Scholarship dates do not always coincide with application dates, so plan your application in advance.

Law School LLM information:

AUTUniversity of AucklandUniversity of CanterburyUniversity of Otago – Victoria University of WellingtonUniversity of Waikato

Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Qualifying for an LLM

Bachelor of Laws or Laws(Hons) with the ability to demonstrate that the applicant can undertake postgraduate study.

The LLM Courses
LLM by thesis: 120-point thesis between 40,000-60,000 words.

Scholarships
AUT offers scholarships such as the AUT Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Scholarships which are awarded to high-achieving doctoral students and are valued at $96,000. There is also the Business and Law Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholar- ship, awarded to students with an excellent academic record, which covers one year of tuition fees. For more information on the scholarships available visit: www.aut.ac.nz/study-at- aut/fees-scholarships-and-finance/scholarships/scholar- ships-and-awards

The University of Auckland

Qualifying for an LLM
A candidate usually needs a law GPA of 6.0+ or to be an honours student.

The LLM courses:
LLM by major thesis: 120-point thesis of 40,000 words.

LLM by minor thesis: 30-point taught course and a 90-point dissertation of 30,000 words.

LLM by coursework: 120-point taught courses or 105-point. taught courses and a 15-point supervised research.

What can you specialise in?

  • Commercial and corporate law
  • Public law
  • Environmental law
  • Human rights law
  • International law
  • Litigation and disputes resolution

Scholarships
The University of Auckland grants two scholarships per year to high-achieving  students (B+ average and above) wishing to pursue an LLM. If paying domestic fees the scholarship  is worth $15,000 and if paying international fees the scholarship  is worth $25,000. For more information on the scholarships available visit: www.law.auckland.ac.nz/en/for/future-postgraduates/

The University of Canterbury

Qualifying for an LLM
An LLB with good grades.

The LLM courses
LLM by coursework: three taught courses.

LLM by coursework and dissertation: two taught courses and a
20,000-word dissertation.

LLM by thesis.

What can you specialise in?

This list includes but is not exclusive to:

  • Commercial law
  • Public law
  • Criminal law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Family law

Scholarships
Canterbury  has a number of scholarships available including the Graduates Association Scholarship which grants an LLB graduate from the University of Canterbury $1,500 towards their LLM. There is also the Resource Management Law Association Graduate Scholarship which is valued at $10,000 and is granted to a candidate whose thesis will focus on resource management. For more information on the scholarships Canterbury  has to offer, visit: www.laws.canterbury.ac.nz/scholarships/schols.shtml

The University of Otago

Qualifying for an LLM
A candidate needs at least a B+ law average across their 300 and
400-level papers, and a B+ in two pieces of sustained writing involving legal research.

The LLM course
LLM by thesis: 120-point thesis of 45,000 words.

What can you specialise in?

Candidates can complete their LLM in a wide range of topics.

We recommend any potential candidates contact our postgradu- ate director to discuss topics (postgraduate.law@otago.ac.nz). You can also view the Faculty of Law staff profiles to find out more about their areas of expertise: www.otago.ac.nz/law/staff

There are also other specialised Masters courses, such as the Master of Emerging Technologies  Law (METL) and Master of Bioethics and Health Law (MBHL).

Scholarships
Otago has a number of scholarships available, including the University of Otago Research Masters Scholarship and the R and E Seelye Trust Masters  Scholarship,  which awards the candidate $13,000 per year plus tuition fee waiver for one year of masters study. For more information and to see full eligibility criteria, visit the University of Otago scholarships page www.otago.ac.nz/ study/scholarships

Victoria University of Wellington

Qualifying for an LLM
A candidate needs at least a B average in law, but recognition can be given to other practical, professional or scholarly experience.

The LLM courses:
LLM by coursework:  six 20-point taught courses.

LLM by dissertation and coursework: 30-point taught courses and a 90-point thesis of 35,000 words.

LLM by thesis: 120-point thesis of 45,000 words.

LLM by research portfolio: two separate but related research pieces, each 12,000 words, and one 2,500-word research paper justifying the link between the two pieces.

What can you specialise in?

  • International law
  • Rights and freedoms
  • Human rights
  • Environmental law
  • Intellectual property
  • Public law
  • Commercial law

Scholarships
Victoria has a number of scholarships available, including the Angelo South Pacific Postgraduate Educational Scholarship which is awarded  to a Pacific Islander law graduate who is planning to undertake or is doing a masters at Victoria. For more information on the scholarships available visit: www.victoria.ac.nz/study/ student-finance/scholarships/find-scholarship/

The University of Waikato

Qualifying for an LLM
A candidate needs at least a B average in their law papers. The thesis-only option is available to candidates who have LLB(Hons).

The LLM courses
LLM by thesis: 120-point thesis of 50,000 words.

LLM by coursework and thesis: 90-point thesis of 38,000 words and one 30-point taught course.

LLM by 60-point or 30-point dissertation: Students can complete a dissertation  as part of their LLM degree.

Scholarships
The University of Waikato offers a number of scholarships including the Te Piringa Faculty of Law Graduate Scholarship which is valued between $2000-$6000 to assist with tuition fees. There is also the Kamira Haggie (Binga) Scholarship valued between $2000-$6000 for an all-rounder Maori student.

For more information on the scholarships available visit:

www.waikato.ac.nz/law/postgraduate/scholarships

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2017 Law Careers Guide

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