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Welcome to Te Piringa - Faculty of Law

The study and practice of law is exciting, challenging and extremely rewarding. This website will provide you with detailed information about the Waikato law programmes, career opportunities for graduates and the excellent facilities and extensive resources offered to students. Learn more about Te Piringa - Faculty of Law...


Undergraduate Study

The Bachelor of Laws degree is the professional qualification and pathway to legal practice as well as a wide range of other career options for law graduates in business, non-governmental organisations and public service. Our flexible Diploma in Law programme provides an insight into the legal system and valuable skills in legal research and writing. Read More

Postgraduate Study

We provide a range of different programmes to suit the needs of every student who wishes to further their legal education. The study of legal policy and law in its political, economic and social context play a central role, as does commitment to biculturalism, to the rights of indigenous peoples and to the development of culturally proficient legal professionals. Read More


Law News & Events

Harkness Henry Lecture 7 Sep 2016

The right of a defendant to a fair trial and the public’s right to a fair and properly funded criminal justice system has been compromised in recent years and remains vulnerable to further compromise. The Hon. Sir Ron Young, a former High Court and Chief District Court Judge, will look at these and other issues in the annual Harkness Henry lecture.

Become a Law Student for a Day 31 Aug 2016

Join us at our Hamilton campus to experience a day in the life of a Waikato law student.

Has the criminal justice system been compromised? 23 Aug 2016

One of New Zealand’s longest-serving judges, the Honourable Sir Ron Young, will address serious issues facing New Zealand’s justice system when he gives a public lecture at the University of Waikato next month.

International Legal Scholar, Professor Graham Virgo visits Waikato University 16 Aug 2016

Professor Graham Virgo visited the University of Waikato to give a public lecture titled “Conscience in Equity – a new Utopia”. During the lecture, he argues that equitable jurisdiction is founded on conscience.

Winners of the Kaupapa Māori Moot Competition 2016 15 Aug 2016

Six outstanding Māori law students were finalists in the competition that was held last week in the moot court of Waikato University's new law building. Fourth-year law student, Zac Katene was the overall winner and will represent the university at the national competition in November.

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Success Stories

Sam Lusk, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (LLB(Hons))

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law student Sam Lusk has been granted a $62,000 Danish government scholarship to complete a Master in Law at Copenhagen University in Denmark. Read More

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Student Profiles

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