Auckland Law School has New Zealand’s largest community of legal academics, with leaders in Corporate and Commercial Law, Public Law and International Law. With these and all other major areas of the law, we attract research students from around the world.
The University of Auckland Law School is an active and vibrant research institution. Its members regularly publish articles and books in New Zealand and around the world, and also serve as editors of a range of publications. The faculty hosts a number of research centres, and maintains close cooperation with the Legal Research Foundation. The faculty’s work is supported by the Davis Law Library’s extensive collection of legal materials.
Our PhD graduates are successful in a wide range of fields and careers, as well as the traditional academic research career path. The PhD gives you extensive specialist and transferable skills, which are sought after in many sectors, including industry and government, and can even help you to develop entrepreneurship skills to run your own start up.
With focused development opportunities available throughout your PhD study, and dedicated postgraduate career advice, we can help you to explore and meet your own career goals, no matter what direction you take.
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The faculty’s core subject areas include:
- Constitutional, Administrative and Public Law
- Contract, Torts, Equity and Private Law
- Corporate and Commercial Law
- Criminal Law and Justice
- Human Rights Law
- Indigenous Peoples and the Law
- International and Comparative Law
- Land and Environmental Law
- Legal History and Theory
- Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Family and Relationships Law
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- 36 months
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
Eligible candidates can enrol and start their PhD at any time of year. You must enrol within 6 months of your unconditional offer.
DisciplinesInternational Law Civil & Private Law Business Law
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Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:
- Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
- Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
- Home contents and baggage
- Legal aid
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Meeting our academic requirements does not guarantee entry.
- You must demonstrate an ability to research independently, and possess a high level of theoretical understanding. Acceptance is subject to staff availability for supervision, and appropriate resources and facilities.
- You must write an initial statement of research intent to demonstrate your research capability and experience.
- All students must meet our English-language requirements as a condition of entry.
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International4400 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4400 USD per year during 36 months.
National4400 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4400 USD per year during 36 months.
Living costs for Auckland
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.