Bachelor of Laws

Study in one of the top 200 law schools in the world. Look deeper to find out why laws are made, who made them, how they work and how to change them.

Kaylee Bird

A passion for dancing has led to a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship for Kaylee Bird. The former Otumoetai College student is now in her second year of studying a conjoint Bachelor of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Laws.

Tommy Clout

Tommy Clout is a graduate of Tauranga Boys’ College where he was deputy head boy and Rutherford House Captain. He played for Northern Districts U19s and was in included in the New Zealand U19 World Cup Squad, although he did not play.

Cynthia Hamel

There is no doubt in my mind that the Diploma in Law was the right choice for me. I was born and raised in Tokoroa. At the time of finishing school, I did not think that a university degree was for me. I spent many years working in the service industry and doing office work. After a number of years overseas, I returned to New Zealand in 2012, determined to go back to the classroom.

Why study the Waikato LLB?

Assessed by Lawyers & Judges

Lawyers and judges will be involved in teaching and assessing your law assignments and will provide you with valuable feedback. This sort of contact with the profession will stand you in good stead when you come to apply for a full-time job.

Practical experience

At Waikato, you’ll get to practice skills you need to succeed in the profession – whether it’s interviewing a client, making a case in court, negotiating settlement for a client, or drafting a required contract to perfect a merger.

You’ll analyse how law operates in local, national and global contexts and learn to consider the business practices of financial markets, corporations, national and local government, trusts and iwi.


There are plenty of opportunities for you to apply your practical experience to real-life problems. From your second year onward in the law degree, you’ll have the opportunity to gain work experience at the Hamilton District Community Law Centre, Police Prosecution Office, Defence Office, several city and regional councils, law firms and other organisations. You’ll also be eligible for the National Summer Clerking Employment Programme.

Direct entry

Our students do not require a special invitation to progress into 2nd year of their law degree. Our selection process takes place at application stage. If you are accepted into the Bachelor of Laws and you obtain the required passing grades each year, you'll gain automatic entry into the following years until the time you graduate.

New, multi-million dollar building

In 2016 the Faculty of Law moved into the new multi-million dollar building. The new facilities were purpose-built to meet the needs of our students. Our state-of-the-art Moot Court will enable you to record your practicing mooting or negotiation for self-review and assessment.

Taught by New Zealand’s leading legal advisors

The Bachelor of Laws is taught by some of New Zealand’s leading scholars, who advise to governments, businesses and non-governmental organisations.

The classes are small and are typically offered in seminar style discussions. We have an open door policy, so you will have plenty opportunities to talk to our staff. Find out more about our lecturers' areas of expertise.

Individualised, ongoing support

The Faculty's three dynamic law student associations: Pacific Law Student Association, Te Whakahiapo (Māori Student Association) and Waikato Law Student Associations play an important role of fostering great collegial relationships between students and offer plenty of social and learning opportunities.

Our Mentoring Programme will provide extra support.  Our Mentors are law students in their senior years of study. They will provide guidance in your studies, help you to navigate through the transition period from school or previous employment to university study as well as advise you on other services and opportunities available to you on campus.

Helpful administrative staff are also able to provide you with personalised advice on study options and assist you with your degree planning. Make a booking to talk to our staff or if you have questions about how to apply.

Accredited by the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand

Waikato's Faculty of Law is the only law school in New Zealand accredited by the Arbitrators’ and Meditators’ Institute of New Zealand. This means that you will automatically become a member of this professional organisation and can specialise to practice in this growing area of law.

Practicing Law in New Zealand

The Waikato Bachelor of Laws degree is approved by the New Zealand Council of Legal Education (NZCLE). So, after graduating with your degree, you’ll be eligible to complete the Professional Legal Studies (PLS) course to be admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor to practice law in New Zealand. The Professional Legal Studies course can be completed at the Institute of Legal Studies (IPLS) or the College of Law New Zealand.

Find out more about what is required to become a New Zealand lawyer.

Personalise your law degree with a second major

The Bachelor of Laws degree requires you to choose law as a major subject. However, you can choose to take a second major in almost any other undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato, such as Computer Science or Human Resource Management. Talk to our friendly administration staff to tailor your law degree to your interests.

You can study a broad range of optional law papers including:

  • Advocacy
  • Competition law
  • Corporate securities and finance
  • Employment law
  • Environmental law
  • Family law
  • Human rights
  • Intellectual property
  • International trade
  • Law and information technology
  • Māori land law
  • Mediation
  • Natural resources law
  • Public international law
  • The Treaty of Waitangi in contemporary Aotearoa / New Zealand

View the full list of optional law papers here.

Career opportunities

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Judge
  • Policy Analyst & Advisor
  • Board Member for Iwi or other organisations
  • Legal scholar
  • Politician
  • Business owner
  • Human Resource personnel
  • Mediator and Negotiator

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Te Piringa - Faculty of Law
Years 4
Points 480
Domestic Fees $6,335 per year
International Fees $27,165 per year
Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment - please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.


These are all the subjects available for the Bachelor of Laws

Animal Behaviour
Applied Computing
Biological Sciences
Computer Science
Creative Practices
Creative Technologies
Design Media
Earth Sciences
Education and Society
Electronic Business
Environmental Planning
Environmental Sciences
Human Development
Human Resource Management
Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
International Languages and Cultures
Labour Studies
Leadership Communication
Management Systems
Maori Media and Communication
Materials and Processing
Māori and Pacific Development
Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori
Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
Political Science
Population Studies
Public Policy
Public Relations
Screen and Media Studies
Social Policy
Sport, Health and Human Performance
Strategic Management
Supply Chain Management
Theatre Studies
Tourism Management
Women's and Gender Studies
Writing Studies

Want to combine several areas of study by undertaking two undergraduate degrees at the same time? Then consider a conjoint degree (also known as a double degree).

Here is the list of the most popular conjoint degrees:

Scholarships and prizes

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

Are you keen to study in another country?

Studying law in a foreign jurisdiction is not only valuable on its own merit but it also enables you to re-examine the foundations of the New Zealand legal system through a comparative lens.

In your fourth year of study, you'll have the opportunity to spend one semester of study towards your degree at one of our many partner law schools in Europe, North America or Asia.

To be eligible you must complete your third year in Law and have a sound academic record. For more information, contact the Law Student Administrators.

In addition to law exchange programme, if you’re studying for a conjoint degree, you may be able to participate in the University of Waikato exchange programme. From second year onward you may study some non-law papers overseas. Find out more.

Bachelor of Laws with Honours (LLB(Hons))

If you obtain a B+ average grade for all your papers in your law degree, you may have the opportunity to study for the honours degree. The selection for this programme takes place at the end of second-year law.

Download LLB(Hons) degree planner.

There are two intakes for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) - in February and July each year. If you have New Zealand National University Entrance, then you're eligible to apply for this degree.

The Admissions Committee considers all applications on a case-by-case basis. You'll need to support your application with academic achievement, work experience, school and community involvement outlined in a written statement. Your personal statement should be up to 300 words.

If you don't meet the University Entrance requirements, please contact as there are other pathways that you can take to study in this field.

If you pass your first year at Waikato then you're guaranteed entry into the second year of your degree.


Te Piringa - Faculty of Law

Law Reception
Phone: 0800 924 528 Ext: 4167 or +64 7 838 4167
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Location: N Block, Gate 7, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton

Degree Structure

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Legal Method
400 LEVEL Paper
Legal Systems & Societies
Corporate Entities OR
400 LEVEL Paper
Constitutional Law
Administrative Law
Commercial Transactions
400 LEVEL Paper
One100 LEVEL Paper
in same subject
Dispute Resolution
400 LEVEL Paper
One100 LEVEL Paper
in same subject
One200 LEVEL Paper
in same subject
Land Law
400 LEVEL Paper
One100* LEVEL Paper
in any subject
One200 LEVEL Paper
in same subject
Equity & Succession
400 LEVEL Paper
One100* LEVEL Paper
in any subject
400 LEVEL Paper
120 Points 120 Points 120 Points 120 Points
Compulsory Paper
Law Elective Papers
Non-Law Elective Papers

The Bachelor of Laws degree comprises of a total of 480 points. 100 points should come from other subjects (some subjects and papers may have individual entry requirements). The 100 points non-law component of the LLB degree consists of two 100 Level papers in the same subject, two 100 Level papers in any* subject and two 200 Level papers in the same subject.

* Two 100 Level papers in any subject may not include professional Teacher Education Papers.

To satisfy requirements of New Zealand Council of Legal Education, students wishing to proceed to a professionals programme and admission as a Barrister and Solicitor must complete a 400 Level paper in Legal Ethics LAWS436(10 points).

Students who wish to enroll in LAWS305 and LAWS426 may count LAWS426 as one of the 400 Level papers. Students need to complete 140 points at 400 Level.

Download Bachelor of Laws degree planner.