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The Master of Laws (LLM) degree requires at least one year of full-time (or the equivalent in part-time) study and may be commenced at any time of the year. It involves the completion of a thesis; there is no course work requirement.
The LLM offers students the opportunity to demonstrate advanced legal scholarship through the writing of a dissertation. The aim is to develop first-class research and analytic skills.
The LLM is suitable for graduates who want to undertake in-depth research in an area of particular interest. It is an opportunity to enhance legal writing and research skills and to specialise in a defined area of law.
LLM candidates come both from New Zealand and overseas: some are legal practitioners seeking to upskill, while others use the LLM as a stepping stone to a PhD and an academic career or specialist expertise in their chosen profession.
An LLM fosters intellectual growth, which, in turn, defines your expertise and enhances your career prospects.
Prospective candidates are welcome to contact academic staff directly to discuss their research interests. However, in all cases, admission to the programme remains dependent upon the outcome of the formal application procedures described below.
The LLM degree requires completion of a thesis of approximately 150 pages (45,000 words) under the supervision of a member of the Faculty of Law.
If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of a satisfactory level of English language proficiency.
You must have:
- Completed a law degree in New Zealand with at least a B+ (75%) average across all 300- and 400-level papers, or a comparable level of achievement at a law school outside New Zealand with substantially equivalent standards as Otago
- Attained at least a B+ in 2 pieces of sustained writing involving legal research
We strongly recommend that, before applying, you contact our Postgraduate Director to discuss your proposed research project so that we can advise you on whether we are likely to be able to offer you supervision within the Law Faculty at Otago.
You must submit the supplementary application form, together with the required supporting documentation, to:
The Postgraduate Director, Faculty of Law, PO Box 56, Dunedin, 9054.
Master of Laws (LLM)