Regulations for the Degree of Master of Laws
||Candidates for the degree
of Master of Laws must have
||qualified for the award of
the Bachelor of Laws degree or a combined Law degree of the University
of Waikato, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board
to be equivalent, and
||satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the
subject(s) being presented for the degree, at levels considered
appropriate by the Academic Board.
||In exceptional circumstances, candidates who do not
meet the standard entry requirements specified in section 1 of these
regulations, may, on the basis of evidence of adequate training
and ability, be permitted to enrol in the Master of Laws, subject
to the completion of any qualifying papers or additional work as
may be required by the Academic Board, either prior to admission
||Candidates must enrol and follow an approved programme
of study in the School of Law for at least one year. The requirements
of the degree must be completed within four consecutive years of
first enrolment for the degree.
||Candidates must pass a total of 120 points at Level
5 in Law. Candidates may be permitted to replace 30 points at Level
5 from another subject.
||Candidates may be permitted to present a dissertation
equivalent to 30 or 60 points at Level 5.
||Candidates who have qualified for the degree of Bachelor
of Laws with Honours at the University of Waikato or a qualification
considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or who have otherwise
provided evidence that satisfies the Academic Board of his or her
ability to do so, may be permitted to take the degree by four‑paper
||If a candidate fails a paper or papers worth not more
than 30 points in total, he or she may repeat the paper(s) or take
alternative papers with the same total point value on one occasion
only. A candidate who fails a paper will not be eligible for the award
of honours. A candidate who fails papers worth more than 30 points
in total will not be permitted to proceed with the degree.
||The degree may be awarded with First Class Honours,
Second Class Honours (first division), Second Class Honours (second
division) or without honours. In order to be eligible for consideration
for the award of honours, the requirements for the degree must be
completed within one year of full‑time study, or within two consecutive years
of part‑time study.
||The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations Governing
Graduate Degrees apply in these regulations and include provisions
for the variation and waiver of these regulations in individual
cases by the Academic Board or delegated authority.