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University of Auckland

Auckland , North Island ,New Zealand

Graduate Diploma in Law

This diploma is an excellent choice for law graduates from both New Zealand and overseas who wish to further enhance their legal knowledge.

You can focus on an area of specialization according to your own interests or professional requirements while updating skills and continuing professional development (it meets the requirements of the New Zealand Law Society's Continuing Professional Development).

Campus Information

City Campus

The City Campus is right in the heart of Auckland. You are within walking distance of all the main cultural, entertainment and commercial hubs.

Intakes

  • March
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

COE
10 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

A Graduate Diploma in Law is an excellent choice for LLB graduates from both New Zealand and overseas who wish to further enhance their legal knowledge. It enables law graduates to focus on a new area of specialization, update skills, continuing professional development, and gain an academic qualification while fulfilling professional requirements required by the NZCLE.

Jobs related to this program

  • Academia – lecturing, research
  • Government – policy work, resource management, parliamentary drafting
  • Judiciary
  • Law reform
  • Mediation
  • Private companies – in-house legal counsel, tax, property, management consultant, regulation, compliance, human resources
  • Private practice – barrister, solicitor
  • Public service – prosecution, defence

PSW Opportunity

You can apply for a Post-study Work Visa for up to 3 years.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Program requirements

  • You must have completed a Bachelor of Laws or an undergraduate law degree from a recognized university (or similar institution). Law graduates from both New Zealand and overseas are able to apply.
  • There is no grade requirement for admission into the Graduate Diploma in Law.

Further program requirements
 
If you are an international student and are taking undergraduate law courses, whether compulsory or elective, on the recommendation of the Council of Legal Education, you may take those courses for the Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate (but please note that there are limits on enrolments in courses at LLB Part II level).

English language requirements

If you are an international applicant whose first language is not English you will need to provide evidence of your English proficiency.

You will require an IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with no bands less than 6.5.