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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.

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.


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.


Bradley Sam

Bachelor of Management Studies
Bradley Sam has enjoyed a stellar career since completing a double degree in management and law at Waikato, majoring in Economics, Finance and Law. He is now employed as a management consultant in Sydney, Australia.


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

Law 2

Public LawLEGAL20130.0 Points
JurisprudenceLEGAL20315.0 Points
ContractsLEGAL20430.0 Points
Foundations in Legal StudiesLEGAL20515.0 Points
Administrative LawLEGAL20615.0 Points
TortsLEGAL20730.0 Points

Law 3

Perspectives on CounsellingHDCO34020.0 Points
CrimesLEGAL30130.0 Points
Corporate EntitiesLEGAL30515.0 Points
Dispute ResolutionLEGAL30615.0 Points
Land LawLEGAL30730.0 Points
Equity and SuccessionLEGAL30815.0 Points
Managing Conflict and ConsensusMCOM33120.0 Points

Law 4

The Law of EvidenceLEGAL40115.0 Points
Civil ProcedureLEGAL40215.0 Points
Treaty of Waitangi in Contemporary Aotearoa/New ZealandLEGAL40515.0 Points
Maori Land LawLEGAL40615.0 Points
Family LawLEGAL40815.0 Points
Comparative LawLEGAL41115.0 Points
Introduction to European Union LawLEGAL41215.0 Points
Indigenous Peoples RightsLEGAL41415.0 Points
Judicial ReviewLEGAL41615.0 Points
Employment LawLEGAL42015.0 Points
Revenue LawLEGAL42415.0 Points
Commercial TransactionsLEGAL42615.0 Points
Competition LawLEGAL42715.0 Points
Energy LawLEGAL43215.0 Points
Environmental LawLEGAL43415.0 Points
Cyber LawLEGAL43515.0 Points
Legal EthicsLEGAL43615.0 Points
Public International LawLEGAL43715.0 Points
Special Topic: Pacific Peoples and the LawLEGAL44015.0 Points
Special Topic: Innovation in Legal Services (Intensive)LEGAL44115.0 Points
Human Rights LawLEGAL44215.0 Points
Mining and Petroleum LawLEGAL44715.0 Points
Mediation: Law, Principles and PracticeLEGAL44915.0 Points
New Zealand Animal Law - What, Why and Where to?LEGAL45615.0 Points
Insurance LawLEGAL45715.0 Points
AdvocacyLEGAL45815.0 Points
Law of the SeaLEGAL45915.0 Points
Intellectual PropertyLEGAL46815.0 Points
Issues in Family LawLEGAL47215.0 Points
Introduction to the Law of International TradeLEGAL47315.0 Points
Directed StudyLEGAL49015.0 Points
Law and New TechnologiesLEGAL49215.0 Points
Work PlacementLEGAL49615.0 Points
Negotiation and PersuasionMCOM43120.0 Points
Diversity LeadershipMCOM47620.0 Points

Prescriptions for the DipLaw

To complete a DipLaw students must complete the following papers:

Note: This qualification is offered subject to approval by the Universities NZ Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP).

Legal Method- Research and Statutory InterpretationLEGAL10315.0 Points
Legal Method- Legal Writing and Case AnalysisLEGAL10415.0 Points
Legal Systems and SocietiesLEGAL10630.0 Points
ContractsLEGAL20430.0 Points
Administrative LawLEGAL20615.0 Points
TortsLEGAL20730.0 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 LEGAL205, LEGAL306 and MCOM331, either LEGAL449, MCOM431 or MCOM336, and electives totalling 40 points chosen from the following list. For the purposes of the Graduate Diploma, LEGAL205 is a corequisite for LEGAL306, and a prerequisite for the Law elective papers.

Note: LEGAL205, LEGAL306 and LEGAL449 are requirements for admission to Associate status in AMINZ.

Perspectives on CounsellingHDCO34020.0 Points
Foundations in Legal StudiesLEGAL20515.0 Points
Dispute ResolutionLEGAL30615.0 Points
Treaty of Waitangi in Contemporary Aotearoa/New ZealandLEGAL40515.0 Points
Employment LawLEGAL42015.0 Points
Environmental LawLEGAL43415.0 Points
Mediation: Law, Principles and PracticeLEGAL44915.0 Points
Directed StudyLEGAL49015.0 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 LEGAL516, LEGAL525, LEGAL531, LEGAL551, LEGAL555, LEGAL569, LEGAL575, LEGAL576 or LEGAL577.

Criminology, Criminal Justice Policy and LawLEGAL50330.0 Points
Legal Research: Theory and MethodsLEGAL50915.0 Points
Corporate Governance and Directors DutiesLEGAL51030.0 Points
Advanced Law of the SeaLEGAL51630.0 Points
Intellectual Property Law and PolicyLEGAL52030.0 Points
Advanced Civil LitigationLEGAL52330.0 Points
Contemporary International Indigenous IssuesLEGAL52530.0 Points
Legal Aspects of Cyber SecurityLEGAL52630.0 Points
Advanced Issues in Charity LawLEGAL52730.0 Points
Foreign Investment LawLEGAL52830.0 Points
International Environmental LawLEGAL53130.0 Points
Reconciliation, Justice and IndigenaityLEGAL55130.0 Points
Comparative and International Indigenous RightsLEGAL55530.0 Points
Issues in Public LawLEGAL56830.0 Points
International Law - A place for Indigenous RightsLEGAL56930.0 Points
Special TopicLEGAL57030.0 Points
Special TopicLEGAL57130.0 Points
Special TopicLEGAL57230.0 Points
Law and Information TechnologyLEGAL57430.0 Points
Energy and Natural Resources LawLEGAL57530.0 Points
The Laws of Armed Conflict & International Humanitarian LawLEGAL57630.0 Points
National & International Human Rights LawLEGAL57730.0 Points
Special TopicLEGAL58015.0 Points
Directed StudyLEGAL59015.0 Points
DissertationLEGAL59130.0 Points
DissertationLEGAL59260.0 Points
ThesisLEGAL59390.0 Points
ThesisLEGAL594120.0 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 ThesisLEGAL800120.0 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 ThesisLEGAL900120.0 Points
Doctor of LawsLEGAL9900.0 Points
SJD ThesisLEGAL994120.0 Points
Research PortfolioLEGAL995120.0 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