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Studying law is empowering as it affects every aspect of our life. Study Law at the University of Waikato - ranked as one of the world's top 250 universities for Law - and you'll be looking into why laws are made, who makes them, how they work and how to change them.

Season-Mary Downs

PhD
I was born and raised in Moerewa in the Bay of Islands, Northland. I attended Bay of Islands College before I commenced undergraduate study at the University of Waikato in 2004. In 2008 I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws.


Steve Farnworth

PhD
I studied history at Victoria University of Wellington and graduated with honours. I worked as a charitable fundraiser, then as a fitter/turner before earning my diploma of teaching from the Auckland College of Education. I taught mathematics for six years before coming to the University of Waikato to study law in 2005. I graduated with first class honours and was admitted to the bar in 2008. I worked as a solicitor in Hamilton before returning to Waikato to complete my LLM (hons) in 2011. At Waikato I was a tutor for two years, teaching Jurisprudence, Equity and Crimes.


Cynthia Hamel

Bachelor of Laws with Honours
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.


Willow-Jean Prime

Master of Laws
Recent developments in Treaty settlements, Maori governance and indigenous development are the focus for Waikato University masters student Willow-Jean Prime. She studied for her Bachelor of Laws at Waikato and after working in Wellington for three and a half years is now back studying and self-employed working on various whanau, hapu and iwi projects and Treaty claims.


Rogena Sterling

PhD
After some changes in my personal circumstances, it was time to start a new challenge. I decided to study law. Initially, I planned to get my LLB and go to practice immediately afterward.


Leilani Tuala-Warren

Master of Laws
Leilani Tuala-Warren was raised in Samoa and attended Leififi College. Leilani graduated with a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from the University of Waikato in 1998.


Everyone needs to know the law, not just lawyers. The Rule of Law is the cornerstone of the civilised society. It defines rights and obligations and provides structure to institutions of government and commerce. Business people, financial consultants, police officers, forensic scientists, parole officers and people of many other professions will have studied law.

Lawyers usually specialise in one or two areas, for example international or cyber law. Use your degree and the practical experiences around it to discover what your passion is, and what kind of law you’d like to practice.

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 QS World University Subject Rankings has recognised the University of Waikato among the worlds top 250 universities for studying Law.

Career Opportunities

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Judge
  • Policy Analyst & Advisor
  • Mediator and/or Negotiator
  • Legal Researcher
  • Board Member for Iwi or other organisations

Law 1

Legal MethodLAWS10320.0 Points
Introduction to New Zealand Law and SocietyLAWS10515.0 Points
Legal Systems and SocietiesLAWS10620.0 Points
Constitutional LawLAWS10720.0 Points

Law 2

Public Law ALAWS20120.0 Points
JurisprudenceLAWS20320.0 Points
ContractsLAWS20420.0 Points
Foundations in Legal StudiesLAWS20520.0 Points
Administrative LawLAWS20620.0 Points
TortsLAWS20720.0 Points

Law 3

Perspectives on CounsellingHDCO34020.0 Points
CrimesLAWS30120.0 Points
Corporate EntitiesLAWS30520.0 Points
Dispute ResolutionLAWS30620.0 Points
Land LawLAWS30720.0 Points
Equity and SuccessionLAWS30820.0 Points
Managing Conflict and ConsensusMCOM33120.0 Points

Law 4

The Law of EvidenceLAWS40120.0 Points
Civil ProcedureLAWS40220.0 Points
Crime, Criminology and the Criminal Justice SystemLAWS40320.0 Points
Legal Research MethodsLAWS40410.0 Points
The Treaty of Waitangi in Contemporary Aotearoa/New ZealandLAWS40520.0 Points
Maori Land LawLAWS40620.0 Points
Family LawLAWS40820.0 Points
The Law of RestitutionLAWS41010.0 Points
Comparative LawLAWS41110.0 Points
Introduction to the EU Legal SystemLAWS41210.0 Points
Nga Tikanga Maori/Maori Customary LawLAWS41320.0 Points
Indigenous Peoples RightsLAWS41420.0 Points
Transnational Business LawLAWS41520.0 Points
Judicial ReviewLAWS41610.0 Points
Immigration and Refugee LawLAWS41720.0 Points
Feminist Legal TheoryLAWS41820.0 Points
Employment LawLAWS42020.0 Points
Applied Legal TheoryLAWS42110.0 Points
Creditors' Remedies and Consumer ProtectionLAWS42220.0 Points
Corporate Securities and Finance LawLAWS42320.0 Points
Revenue LawLAWS42420.0 Points
Commercial TransactionsLAWS42620.0 Points
Competition LawLAWS42710.0 Points
Issues in Constitutional LawLAWS42920.0 Points
Water LawLAWS43010.0 Points
Energy LawLAWS43210.0 Points
Maori Resources LawLAWS43320.0 Points
Environmental LawLAWS43420.0 Points
CyberlawLAWS43520.0 Points
Legal EthicsLAWS43610.0 Points
Public International LawLAWS43720.0 Points
Regulatory Regimes and the Global EconomyLAWS43820.0 Points
Special TopicLAWS44020.0 Points
Special Topic: Indigenous Rights in the Common Law WorldLAWS44110.0 Points
Human Rights LawLAWS44220.0 Points
Special TopicLAWS44310.0 Points
The Law and Public PolicyLAWS44420.0 Points
Comparative Australian and New Zealand LawLAWS44520.0 Points
Mining and Petroleum LawLAWS44710.0 Points
Special Topic: PMSA - China 2014: Comparative NZ-China Business LawLAWS44810.0 Points
Mediation: Law, Principles and PracticeLAWS44920.0 Points
Contemporary Issues in Sports LawLAWS45020.0 Points
International Criminal LawLAWS45120.0 Points
New Zealand Animal Law: What, Why and Where to?LAWS45620.0 Points
Insurance LawLAWS45710.0 Points
AdvocacyLAWS45810.0 Points
Law of the SeaLAWS45910.0 Points
International Environmental LawLAWS46620.0 Points
Law of Intellectual PropertyLAWS46820.0 Points
Issues in Health LawLAWS46920.0 Points
Property Issues in Family LawLAWS47210.0 Points
An Introduction to the Law of International TradeLAWS47310.0 Points
Laws of Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian LawLAWS47610.0 Points
Media LawLAWS47820.0 Points
Race, Gender, Sexuality and the LawLAWS47920.0 Points
Directed StudyLAWS48910.0 Points
Directed StudyLAWS49020.0 Points
Law and New TechnologiesLAWS49220.0 Points
Work PlacementLAWS49620.0 Points
Negotiation and PersuasionMCOM43120.0 Points
Diversity LeadershipMCOM47620.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradDip(DR)

The Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution provides a practical and theoretical exploration of the processes of dispute resolution, and utilises the experience and expertise developed within the Schools of Law, Management, and Education. Graduates of this qualification will satisfy the academic requirements for Associate status of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ). For entry to the Graduate Diploma, candidates must have either a bachelors degree in any discipline or relevant work experience considered to be equivalent.

The programme consists of papers totalling 120 points, comprising LAWS205, LAWS306 and MCOM331, either LAWS449, MCOM431 or MCOM336, and electives totalling 40 points chosen from the following list. For the purposes of the Graduate Diploma, LAWS205 is a corequisite for LAWS306, and a prerequisite for the Law elective papers.

Note: LAWS205, LAWS306 and LAWS449 are requirements for admission to Associate status in AMINZ.

Perspectives on CounsellingHDCO34020.0 Points
Foundations in Legal StudiesLAWS20520.0 Points
Dispute ResolutionLAWS30620.0 Points
The Treaty of Waitangi in Contemporary Aotearoa/New ZealandLAWS40520.0 Points
Family LawLAWS40820.0 Points
Employment LawLAWS42020.0 Points
Environmental LawLAWS43420.0 Points
Mediation: Law, Principles and PracticeLAWS44920.0 Points
Directed StudyLAWS48910.0 Points
Directed StudyLAWS49020.0 Points
Special Topic: International Entertainment and Sports LawLAWS57030.0 Points
Special Topic: Judicial RemediesLAWS57230.0 Points
Managing Conflict and ConsensusMCOM33120.0 Points
Negotiation and PersuasionMCOM43120.0 Points
Diversity LeadershipMCOM47620.0 Points

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Law), GradDip(Law) and GradDip(NZLegSt)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Law at an advanced level in their first degree. A Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Legal Studies is also available.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Law Office.

Prescriptions for the LLB(Hons), PGCert(Law), PGDip(Law), LLM and LLM(Maori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples)

The LLB(Hons) includes 60 points chosen from the papers listed below. Students enrolling in the Honours programme may be subject to prerequisite and corequisite requirements.

The LLM comprises 120 points chosen from the papers listed below.

The LLM(Maori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples) comprises a total of 120 points, normally selected from LAWS508, LAWS516, LAWS525, LAWS531, LAWS532, LAWS551, LAWS554, LAWS555, LAWS557, LAWS569, LAWS575, LAWS576, LAWS577 or LAWS579.

International Law and DevelopmentLAWS50130.0 Points
National and International Securities RegulationLAWS50230.0 Points
Criminology, Criminal Justice Policy and LawLAWS50330.0 Points
Maori Women and the LawLAWS50830.0 Points
Legal Research: Theory and MethodsLAWS50930.0 Points
Corporate Governance and Directors DutiesLAWS51030.0 Points
An Introduction to the Law of the World Trade OrganisationLAWS51130.0 Points
Shareholders' RemediesLAWS51230.0 Points
International Business LawLAWS51330.0 Points
Comparative Child and Family LawLAWS51430.0 Points
Law of the SeaLAWS51630.0 Points
Globalisation and GovernanceLAWS51830.0 Points
Terrorism and International LawLAWS51930.0 Points
Intellectual Property Law and PolicyLAWS52030.0 Points
Environmental Regulation and ReformLAWS52130.0 Points
International Industrial LawLAWS52230.0 Points
Advanced Civil LitigationLAWS52330.0 Points
Corporate Governance in Context: Legal and Ethical IssuesLAWS52415.0 Points
Contemporary International Indigenous IssuesLAWS52530.0 Points
Legal Aspects of Cyber SecurityLAWS52630.0 Points
Advanced Issues in Charity LawLAWS52730.0 Points
Foreign Investment LawLAWS52830.0 Points
International Environmental LawLAWS53130.0 Points
Negotiation and MeditationLAWS53230.0 Points
Dispute ResolutionLAWS53330.0 Points
Transnational Criminal LawLAWS53430.0 Points
Reconciliation, Justice and IndigeneityLAWS55130.0 Points
Maori Resource Law and Development IssuesLAWS55430.0 Points
Comparative and International Indigenous RightsLAWS55530.0 Points
Maori and Indigenous GovernanceLAWS55730.0 Points
Issues in Commercial LawLAWS56030.0 Points
Issues in Corporate LawLAWS56130.0 Points
International TradeLAWS56230.0 Points
Revenue LawLAWS56330.0 Points
Employment LawLAWS56430.0 Points
Legal Theory: Exploring Law's Dark SideLAWS56630.0 Points
Issues in Private LawLAWS56730.0 Points
Issues in Public LawLAWS56830.0 Points
International Law - A place for Indigenous RightsLAWS56930.0 Points
Special Topic: International Sales and Finance LawLAWS57130.0 Points
Law and Information TechnologyLAWS57430.0 Points
Energy and Resource Management LawLAWS57530.0 Points
The Laws of Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian LawLAWS57630.0 Points
National and International Human Rights LawLAWS57730.0 Points
Issues in Family LawLAWS57830.0 Points
Intersectionalities: Gender, Race, Sexuality and the LawLAWS57930.0 Points
DissertationLAWS59130.0 Points
DissertationLAWS59260.0 Points
Law ThesisLAWS59390.0 Points
Law ThesisLAWS594120.0 Points
Research PortfolioLAWS995120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Law MPhil ThesisLAWS800120.0 Points

Prescriptions for the PhD and SJD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a four year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

The Doctor of Juridical Science consists of a research portfolio and a thesis which makes a contribution to knowledge consistent with at least three years of full-time research.

Law PhD ThesisLAWS900120.0 Points
SJD ThesisLAWS994120.0 Points
Research PortfolioLAWS995120.0 Points

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 have completed Year 3 Law and have a sound academic record. For more information, contact the Law Student Administrator

University Exchange Programme

If you’re studying a conjoint law degree, you may be able to participate in an exchange from second year onward by studying some non-law papers overseas.

Find out more about our student exchange programmes.

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 Mentoring Programme will provide extra support. Our Mentors are law students in their senior years. 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.

Contacts

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law

Law Reception
Phone: 0800 924 528 Ext: 4167 or +64 7 838 4167
Email: law.reception@waikato.ac.nz
Website:www.waikato.ac.nz/law
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Location: N Block, Gate 7, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton