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Master of Laws

Course Description

Master of Laws at Waikato
The Master of Laws has a flexible programme structure and suits the objective of a number of students; those who seek to upgrade their skills and knowledge through specialist taught papers, those who wish to combine taught papers with a significant piece of independent research or those students who wish to engage is research only.

Students who have already demonstrated strength in independent research may be permitted to complete the degree by thesis only, an alternative which comprises an advanced investigation under the guidance of a supervisor. It is, therefore, appropriate for a student who wishes to carry out intensive research in a specific area, and to build the skills necessary to contribute original ideas to legal thinking.

Course requirements
The LLM degree comprises the equivalent of four Level 5 papers. The four papers amount to the equivalent of one year's full-time work. The papers may be taken over a minimum of two full-time semesters, or a maximum of eight consecutive semesters of part-time study. The papers offered are all internally assessed. There are no final examinations. An approved paper at a comparable level in another faculty may be substituted for one of the law papers.

Double LLM: Waikato + Arizona
University of Waikato Te Piringa Faculty of Law and University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law

Interested in holding two LLMs from internationally highly regarded Faculties of Law in significantly less time and in two different countries?

If you’re a dedicated, engaged student then this is the opportunity for you. If you hold an LLB degree (from us or somewhere else), and you have been admitted to our LLM – you could be on your way. Once you’ve completed at least 75% of our LLM you are eligible to receive 6-8 credits towards the requirements for the Arizona LLM. Whether you decide at the beginning of your LLM, or later on; you’ll need to fill out an application that will be carefully considered. If you’re nominated, you’ll need to apply to enroll at Arizona and they’ll make the final decision.

The LLM in Arizona is composed of 24 credit hours (Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy) or 26 credit hours (International Trade and Business Law). If you’ve successfully completed 90 points our LLM, you will receive a credit of 6 hours to the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy LLM OR 8 hours to the International Trade and Business Law LLM at Arizona. This will leave you with just 18 credit hours to complete the Arizona LLM in either of these 2 specialised LLMs.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have completed the LLB degree, or a combined degree in Te Piringa - Faculty of Law, or an equivalent qualification. Admission is subject to a minimum 'B' grade point average. The thesis-only option is available to candidates who have:completed an LLB (Hons); orcompleted a combined degree in Te Piringa - Faculty of Law with Honours in law; orcompleted an LLB (Hons) at another university; orachieved comparable levels of attainment in LLB studies at another university.

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