Regulations - Law


The Degree of Master of Legal Studies – MLS

The regulations for this degree are to be read in conjunction with all other relevant statutes and regulations including the Academic Statutes and Regulations.

Admission

1 In order to be admitted to this programme, a student needs to have:

a completed the requirements for:

either

(i) a four-year Bachelors degree from this University, or equivalent qualification as approved by Senate or its representative, with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 60 points above Stage II, or the equivalent as approved by Senate or its representative

or

(ii) a Bachelors (Honours) degree from this University, or equivalent qualification as approved by Senate or its representative, with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 60 points above Stage III, or the equivalent as approved by Senate or its representative

or

(iii) (a) a Bachelors degree from this University, or equivalent qualification as approved by Senate or its representative

and

(b) a postgraduate qualification equivalent to one year’s advanced study, with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 60 points, as approved by Senate or its representative

and

b shown to the satisfaction of the Dean of Faculty of Law the capacity to undertake advanced study and research in the courses proposed to be taken for this degree.

or

c (i) the Degree of Bachelor of Commerce in Commercial Law from this University, or an equivalent qualification as approved by Senate or its representative, with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 60 points above Stage II, or the equivalent as approved by Senate or its representative

or

(ii) a Bachelors degree from this University, or an equivalent qualification as approved by Senate or its representative, with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 60 points above Stage II, or the equivalent as approved by Senate or its representative

and

d shown to the satisfaction of the Dean of Faculty of Law the capacity to undertake the courses for this degree.

Duration and Total Points Value

2 A student admitted to this degree under Regulation 1a must:

a pass courses with a total value of 120 points

and

b complete within the time limit specified in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees.

and

c not exceed 160 points for the total enrolment for this degree.

3 A student admitted to this degree under Regulation 1c must:

a pass courses with a total value of 180 points

and

b complete within the time limit specified in the General Regulations – Master Degrees

and

c not exceed 220 points for the total enrolment for this degree.

Structure and Content

4 A student enrolled for this degree must complete the requirements as listed in the Master of Legal Studies Schedule.

5 The programme for each student requires the approval of the Dean of Faculty of Law.

6 An exemption from LAW 700 may be granted to a student who has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Dean of Faculty of Law advanced skills in legal research methodology.

7 A student may be permitted to substitute up to 30 points from LAW 760, 790, LAWCOMM 701–790, LAWENVIR 701–785, LAWGENRL 701–785, LAWPUBL 701–785 for LAW 701 where the student has demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Dean of Faculty of Law advanced knowledge of the New Zealand legal system, its sources, structure and method.

8 With the permission of the Dean of Faculty of Law a student may include up to 30 points from any other 700 level courses offered at this University that are relevant and suitable for inclusion in this degree.

9 Where a student passes courses, which may include a Dissertation or Thesis on a relevant topic, totalling at least 90 points from one of the areas of specialisation listed in the Master of Legal Studies Schedule, this degree will be conferred with an endorsement as to that area of specialisation.

10 A student admitted to this programme must complete the University of Auckland Academic Integrity Course as specified in the Enrolment and Programme Regulations, Academic Integrity, of the University Calendar.

Thesis / Dissertation

11 a A thesis or dissertation, when included in the programme, is to be carried out under the guidance of a supervisor appointed by Senate or its representative, on the recommendation of the Dean of Faculty of Law.

b The thesis or dissertation topic needs the approval of the Dean of Faculty of Law prior to enrolment.

c The thesis or dissertation is to be completed and submitted in accordance with the General Regulations – Masters Degrees.

Transfer from Postgraduate Certificate in Law

12 A student who is eligible to be admitted to this degree under Regulation 1 and has passed courses towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Law that are available for this degree may reassign those courses to this degree, provided that the Postgraduate Certificate in Law has not been awarded.

Variations

13 In exceptional circumstances Senate or its representative may approve a personal programme which does not conform to these regulations.

Honours / Distinction / Merit

14 This degree may be awarded with Honours, Distinction or Merit as specified in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees.

Commencement

15 These regulations came into force on 1 January 2018. The 2009 regulations for the Degree of Master of Legal Studies were thereby repealed.

Master of Legal Studies (MLS) Schedule

A student who has to complete 120 points must satisfy the following requirements:

Requirement:

Research Masters

LAW 700

30 points: LAW 701

90 points: LAW 794 Research Portfolio 1 or LAW 796 Thesis 1

Taught Masters

LAW 700

30 points: LAW 701

90 points from LAW 760, 790, LAWCOMM 701–789, LAWENVIR 701–785, LAWGENRL 701–785, LAWPUBL 701–785

At least 40 points from LAW 760, 790, 792, LAWCOMM 701–779, 792, LAWENVIR 701–785, LAWGENRL 701–785, LAWPUBL 701–785

A student who has to complete 180 points must satisfy the following requirements:

Requirement if admitted under Regulation 1c(i):

Research Masters

either

LAW 700

90 points from LAW 701, 760, 790, 792, LAWCOMM 701–792, LAWENVIR 701–785, LAWGENRL 701–785, LAWPUBL 701–785

90 points: LAW 794 Research Portfolio 1 or LAW 796 Thesis 1

or

LAW 700

60 points from LAW 701, 760, 790, 792, LAWCOMM 701–792, LAWENVIR 701–785, LAWGENRL 701–785, LAWPUBL 701–785

120 points: LAW 797 Thesis 2 or LAW 798 Research Portfolio 2

Taught Masters

LAW 700

180 points from LAW 701, 760, 790, 792, LAWCOMM 701–792, LAWENVIR 701–785, LAWGENRL 701–785, LAWPUBL 701–785, including at least 45 points from LAW 760, 790, LAWCOMM 701–775, 789, 790, 792, LAWENVIR 701–785, LAWGENRL 701–785, LAWPUBL 701–785

Requirement if admitted under Regulation 1c(ii):

Research Masters

either

LAW 700

30 points: LAW 701

60 points from LAW 760, 790, LAWCOMM 701–785, 792, LAWENVIR 701–785, LAWGENRL 701–785, LAWPUBL 701–785

90 points: LAW 794 Research Portfolio 1 or LAW 796 Thesis 1

or

LAW 700

30 points: LAW 701

30 points from LAW 760, 790, LAWCOMM 701–790, LAWENVIR 701–785, LAWGENRL 701–785, LAWPUBL 701–785

120 points: LAW 797 Thesis 2 or LAW 798 Research Portfolio 2

Taught Masters

LAW 700

30 points: LAW 701

150 points from LAW 760, 790, 792, LAWCOMM 701–792, LAWENVIR 701–785, LAWGENRL 701–785, LAWPUBL 701–785, including at least 45 points from LAW 760, 790, LAWCOMM 701–775, 789, 790, 792, LAWENVIR 701–785, LAWGENRL 701–785, LAWPUBL 701–785

MLS Specialisations:


Corporate and Commercial Law

LAW 701, 760, 790, 792, LAWCOMM 702–792, LAWPUBL 707

Such other 700 level courses as the Dean of Faculty of Law approves from year to year as relevant for inclusion in this specialisation


Environmental Law

LAW 760, 790, LAWENVIR 702–785

Such other 700 level courses as the Dean of Faculty of Law approves from year to year as relevant for inclusion in this specialisation


Human Rights Law

LAW 760, 790, LAWGENRL 702, 712, LAWPUBL 725, 726, 732, 736, 740–744, 760, 761, 770–778

Such other 700 level courses as the Dean of Faculty of Law approves from year to year as relevant for inclusion in this specialisation


International Law

LAW 760, 790, LAWCOMM 702, 715, 723, 733, 734, 738, 739, 770, 771, 774, LAWENVIR 702, 710, 725, LAWPUBL 726, 732, 736, 743, 744–785

Such other 700 level courses as the Dean of Faculty of Law approves from year to year as relevant for inclusion in this specialisation


Litigation and Dispute Resolution

LAW 760, 790, LAWCOMM 702, 723, 726, LAWGENRL 771, 772, LAWPUBL 736

Such other 700 level courses as the Dean of Faculty of Law approves from year to year as relevant for inclusion in this specialisation


Public Law

LAW 760, 790, LAWGENRL 702, 712, 722, LAWPUBL 705–785

Such other 700 level courses as the Dean of Faculty of Law approves from year to year as relevant for inclusion in this specialisation

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