A qualification in law is an asset for many careers including those not directly related to law. The knowledge and skills developed through our Diploma in Law are relevant in:
- business management
- human resources
- local and central government
- the voluntary sector
- Māori governance
How it works?
Typically a Diploma in Law takes two years to complete studying part-time.
The programme is offered through a combination of online lectures and in-class tutorials. Tutorials are an integral part of the programme. They are run in small groups of up to 30 students and are held in Hamilton and Tauranga. Evening options are available.
You will have access to all resources available to Te Piringa – Faculty of Law students including the online library, mentoring programme, internship opportunities, competitions and scholarships. You will be supported by experienced tutors and our academic staff.
Credit towards a Bachelor of Laws
Once you successfully complete your Diploma in Law, you will have guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme and your Diploma papers will be credited towards the first and second years of your LLB programme at Waikato.
The LLB degree is only offered at the Hamilton campus. However, you may be able to complete some elective papers in Tauranga. Please see degree structure tab and list of papers offered in Tauranga by Waikato University or Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.
Practical skills and experience
Throughout this diploma, you’ll gain strong research and analytical skills as well as become an excellent problem-solver.
You’ll learn how to construct legal arguments and form legal opinions. You will create legal documents and learn the principles of forming a contract. You’ll develop your capacity to manage your own learning with our expert guidance provided through practical workshops and tutorials.
As a student of our Diploma in Law programme you can apply for all opportunities available to our students including internship and clerkship opportunities; as well as negotiation, mooting, client interviewing, witness examination and other competitions.
Law Student for a Night
If you are interested in the Diploma in Law qualification, but not sure if it'll work for you, come to our Law Student for a Night event. It is designed with mature students in mind and will give you a taste of what studying law at Waikato is like.
The programme for the nigh includes:
- You’ll attend a mini-lecture
- You’ll find out more about the Diploma in Law qualification
- You’ll try your skills during a negotiations workshop
- You’ll have an opportunity to talk to our students, graduates and staff.
For 2017 dates and to register to attend, please visit Law Student for a Night page.
If you are under 20 years of age, another event called Law Student for a Day may better suit you. To register to attend, visit Law Student for a Day.
|Study Locations||Hamilton; Tauranga|
|Faculty||Te Piringa - Faculty of Law|
|Start Dates||Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)|
These are all the subjects available for the Diploma in Law
Scholarships and prizes
Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships
Graduate study options
Graduate or postgraduate study lets you develop advanced knowledge in an area of law that you are passionate about, giving you an edge in the job market.
Typically to be eligible to apply for Master of Laws qualification, you’d need to have gained a Bachelor of Laws qualification.
Explore our other undergraduate qualifications in law:
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Bachelor of Laws conjoint degrees
If you have already gained a Bachelor degree in a subject other than law, you may be interested in our Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution (GradDipDr).
For more information on these and other options, please contact us at Law Reception.
We have the most diverse and vibrant student body of all law schools in New Zealand. Up to 30 per cent of all our students identify themselves as Māori and nearly 16 per cent come from Pacific background. Nearly 40 per cent of our students are over the age of 25.
The Faculty's three dynamic law student associations: Pacific Law Student Association, Te Whakahiapo (Māori Student Association) and Waikato University Law Student Associations play an important role of fostering great collegial relationships between students and offer plenty of social and learning opportunities.
Our Mentors will provide extra support and 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.
Admission and enrolment
All applications will be considered on a case-by- case basis by the Faculty of Law Admissions Committee. Factors such as academic results, work experience, school and community involvement, and other achievements will be taken into account. Include these in your personal written statement.
With your application please provide:
- a written statement (letter of application) of up to 300 words outlining your work experience (paid or unpaid), community involvement, your previous study and reasons for wishing to undertake the diploma programme
- verified copies of academic records (transcripts) of any previous studies
- a verified copy of your birth certificate or current passport.
If you are under 20 years of age, you'll need to have gained University Entrance in three literacy-rich subjects with at least 18 points in one of the subjects, or your NCEA Level 3 Certificate endorsed with Merit or Excellence.
Contact our Law Student Administrators to discuss your study options.
If you don't meet the University Entrance requirements, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as there are other pathways that you can take to study in this field.
Te Piringa - Faculty of Law
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