Common Law Practice LLM

Common Law Practice LLM

Master of Laws (APPLIED LAW) in Common Law Practice

The Master of Laws (Applied Law) in Common Law Practice, or Common Law Practice (Applied Law) LLM, 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 of this programme are also designed to equip foreign qualified lawyers with the knowledge and skills needed to pass the six subjects of the New Zealand Law and Practice Examination (NZLPE)

  • NZLPE Part I (New Zealand Legal System) - NZLP1 Constitutional and 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)

Download the Common Law Practice LLM Handbook


Who is this programme suitable for?

This programme is suitable for foreign lawyers seeking to develop their career through admission in a common law jurisdiction (New Zealand).

It is also suitable for current New Zealand legal professionals who wish to further develop their skills and knowledge across a range of applied law subjects relevant to the New Zealand jurisdiction.

Why study at the College of 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 learn 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.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for enrolment in the Master of Laws (Applied Law) in Common Law Practice, you will need to provide a certified copy of one of the following:

  • Undergraduate law degree from a recognised university
  • Proof of admission as a lawyer in any jurisdiction
  • Current practising certificate in any jurisdiction


If you have obtained your undergraduate legal qualification in a country where English is not the primary spoken language, you will also need to supply one of the following:

How to receive a master of laws (APPLIED LAW)

To receive a Master of Laws (Applied Law) in Common Law Practice, complete at least four of your seven subjects from the Common Law Practice stream, plus a Capstone or Major Project.

You will need to complete eight subjects in total to qualify for completion of the LLM. 


Common Law Practice Stream


Advisory Board

Harvena Cherrington Barrister, HCL  Simon Papa Director, Cygnus Law
Michael Dineen Director, Michael Dineen Law Graeme Switzer Partner, Duncan Cotterill
James Jung Programme Director, College of Law Asia-Pacific Truc Tran Crown Prosecutor, BVA The Practice
Hak Jun Lee Special Counsel, Hesketh Henry Peter Tritt Director, College of Law Asia-Pacific
Colin Magee Head of Conduct, Financial Markets Authority   

Start Dates


Intake 1

Commences: 18 February 2019
Census date: 6 March 2019
End date: 10 May 2019

Intake 2

Commences: 20 May 2019
Census date: 5 June 2019
End date: 9 August 2019

Intake 3

Commences: 19 August 2019
Census date: 4 September 2019
End date: 8 November 2019

Intake 4

Commences: 18 November 2019
Census date: 6 December 2019
End date: 14 February 2020


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 lodge an enquiry with our Student Services team.



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