Master of Laws (Law)
Te Piringa - Faculty of Law
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.
Leilani returned to Samoa to work for the Office of the Attorney General before coming back to the University of Waikato to teach law in the Faculty of Law, and commercial law in the School of Management.
In 2005 Leilani returned home to Samoa to practice law in her family's law firm, Tuala & Tuala Lawyers, until November 2008 when she was appointed as the Executive Director of the newly established Samoa Law Reform Commission.
Experience as a Waikato student
Leilani has fond memories of her time at Waikato: "My Waikato experience and education took place in an environment which fostered and nurtured self-development and independent learning. It was a place that allowed my confidence to grow. My law degree has given me the confidence, skills and knowledge to practice law and now to assist in the formulation and development of legal policy.
I am now part of the Samoa Law Reform Commission which reviews laws to ensure that they are relevant to the Samoan context. My law degree from Waikato gave me solid grounding to be able to do this.