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Master of Laws (LLM)

Course Description

The Master of Laws (LLM) degree requires at least one year of full-time study, or the equivalent in part-time study. It entails completion of a thesis, and there is no requirement for coursework. The aim is to develop in a candidate the skills needed to understand recent developments in the Law. Applicants must have a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB(Hons)) degree, or alternative qualifications and experience acceptable to the University.

While it is not a requirement that the findings presented in the thesis shall represent a substantial contribution to knowledge in the field of Law, a candidate is expected to choose an appropriate topic that can be completed with 12 months of full-time study, conduct the research professionally and appropriately, and report the findings clearly, accurately and succinctly.

This degree prepares candidates for employment in law firms, local and national government agencies, commerce and higher education. It is also a recognised entry qualification for the PhD degree.

Programme Requirements

-Thesis: LAWS 5

Structure of the Programme

-A candidate shall present a thesis embodying the results of research undertaken under supervision.
-The research should be of a kind that a diligent and competent student should complete within one year of full-time study.

Visit the Master of Laws (LLM) page on the University of Otago website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) on the advice of the Dean of Law.Every applicant shall either: have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Laws with Honours; or: have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).

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