New Zealand Applied Law LLM

New Zealand Applied Law LLM

The LLM (APPLIED LAW) New Zealand legal practice

The Master of Laws (Applied Law) in New Zealand Legal Practice is designed to meet the needs of the New Zealand legal profession for higher level, practice-based skills acquisition across a range of specialised practice areas.

Six of the initial subjects subjects of this programme are also designed to equip foreign qualified lawyers with the knowledge and skills needed to pass the six subjects New Zealand Law and Practice Examination (NZLPE). 

  • NZLPE Part I (New Zealand Legal System) - NZLP1 Administrative Law Practice (New Zealand)
  • NZLPE Part II (Law of Contract) - NZLP2 Commercial Contracts Practice (New Zealand)
  • NZLPE Part III (Criminal Law) - NZLP3 Criminal Law Practice (New Zealand)
  • NZLPE Part IV (Property) - NZLP6 Property Law Practice (New Zealand)
  • NZLPE Part V (Law of Torts) - NZLP5 Personal Injury and Torts Practice (New Zealand)
  • NZLPE Part VI (Equity) - NZLP7 Wills, Estates and Trusts Practice (New Zealand)



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Why a master of laws (Applied Law)?

Our experience in Australia has shown that employers and students alike are seeking further academic study in the form of real-world legal education, rather than a theoretical focus. Being able to apply what you learned today, tomorrow, means your investment is paying off immediately.

When you undertake our Applied Law LLM programme you will be undertaking practice-based tasks and assessments, not writing essays and doing exams.

You will be able to demonstrate to your current or future employer your commitment to self-development and the desire to progress in your career.

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How to receive a master of laws (APPLIED LAW)

To receive a Master of Laws (Applied Law), majoring in New Zealand Legal Practice, complete all seven subjects from the New Zealand Legal Practice stream plus a Capstone or Major Project.

If you obtained your undergraduate legal qualification in a country where English is not the primary spoken language, you will need to supply a certificate that demonstrates your English proficiency in accordance with the IELTS standard at level 8.0 (writing), 7.5 (speaking) and 7.0 (reading).


New Zealand Legal Practice Stream

Intake 1, 2018 (February)
Intake 4, 2018 (November)
  • NZLP15 Major Project (New Zealand)



Programme Director: James Jung

Further faculty to be appointed

Start Dates

Intake 1 2018

Commences: 19 February 2018
Census date: 7 March 2018
End date: 11 May 2018

Intake 2 2018

Commences: 21 May 2018
Census date: 6 June 2018
End date: 10 August 2018

Intake 3 2018

Commences: 20 August 2018
Census date: 5 September 2018
End date: 9 November 2018

Intake 4 2018

Commences: 19 November 2018
Census date: 7 December 2018
End date: 15 February 2019

Advisory Board

Peter Tritt Director, Asia Pacific

James Jung Programme Director, Asia-Pacific

Nick Crang Partner, Duncan Cotterill

Paul David QC Barrister

Graeme Switzer Partner, Duncan Cotterill

Hak June Lee Senior Associate, Hesketh Henry

Christina Bryant Partner, Hesketh Henry
Simon Papa Director, Cygnus Law

Catherine Atchison Partner, Martelli McKegg

Timothy Orr Associate, Martelli McKegg

Dr. Duncan Webb Partner, Lane Neave Lawyers

Colin Magee Head of Conduct Financial Markets Authority Faculty 

Truc Tran Crown Prosecutor

Michael Dineen Managing Partner, Michael Dineen Law

How To Enrol

To enrol online make sure you have a certified copy of one of the following:

  • Transcript or graduation certificate of an academic qualification in law from any university, or
  • Admission to practice in any jurisdiction, or
  • Current practising certificate from any jurisdiction.


If you have any questions about this programme, please email our student services team for more information.


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LLM Subject Structure