1. The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations apply in these regulations.



  1. Candidates for the Degree must have
    1. qualified for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Laws or a combined Law degree of the University of Waikato with at least a B grade average across the 300 and 400 level papers, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and
    2. satisfied the prerequisites for graduate study in the subject(s) being presented for the Degree, at levels considered appropriate by the Academic Board.
  2. In exceptional circumstances, based on academic merit and relevant experience, candidates who do not meet the requirements of section 2 of these regulations may be considered for admission subject to the completion of any qualifying papers the Academic Board may prescribe which must be completed either prior to or concurrently.


Requirements for the Degree

  1. The normal minimum period of enrolment for completion of the Degree is one year. The requirements of the Degree must be completed within four consecutive years of first enrolling for the Degree.
  2. Candidates must enrol in the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences and follow an approved programme of study.
  3. Candidates must gain 120 points at 500 level or above.
  4. Candidates must complete either ALPSS500 or LEGAL507 and a further 90 points from papers prescribed for the Degree in the Law Subject regulations.
  5. Candidates must include at least 45 points from List A: Advanced Study.
  6. Candidates may complete the requirements of an endorsement


Environmental and Climate Change Law
Health Law
International Law
New Technologies and Cyber Security Law

  1. To complete the requirements of an endorsement candidates must pass 60 points from the papers prescribed for that endorsement in the Law Subject Regulations.
  2. The degree may be completed without an endorsement.
  3. Candidates may take up to 30 points from outside the field of the Degree.
  4. The field of the Degree comprises the papers prescribed for the Degree in the Law Subject Regulations.
  5. If a candidate fails a paper or papers (worth not more than 30 points in total), they may repeat the paper or papers or take an alternative paper or papers with the same total points value on one occasion only. A candidate who fails a paper or papers worth more than 30 points in total will not be permitted to proceed with the Degree.


Examination of thesis (90 points and above)

  1. The University will appoint two examiners for the candidate's thesis; one examiner external to the University and active in the research field of the thesis; and one examiner internal to the University, with a good grounding in the research field, who is not directly connected to the candidate, or the candidate’s thesis research or supervision.


Award of Honours

  1. The Degree may be awarded with
    1. First Class Honours, or
    2. Second Class Honours (first division), or
    3. Second Class Honours (second division), or

or without honours.

  1. Candidates who fail a paper will not be eligible for the award of honours.
  2. Except with the approval of the Academic Board, the level of honours will be calculated on the basis of the grades of the first 120 points completed by the candidate while enrolled for the Degree.
  3. In order to be eligible for consideration for the award of honours, the requirements of the Degree must be completed in not more than 12 consecutive months of full-time study, or, in the case of part-time study, an equivalent period not exceeding four calendar years, from the date of first enrolment in the Degree.



  1. The Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Division or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.

List A: Advanced Study

LEGAL501 Advanced Evidence Law
LEGAL502 Advanced Privacy Law
LEGAL505 Critical Issues in the Treaty of Waitangi in Contemporary Aotearoa
LEGAL508 Advanced Family Law
LEGAL512 Advanced Media Law
LEGAL513 Critical Issues in Agriculture and Law
LEGAL515 Advanced Construction Law
LEGAL517 Advanced Conflict of Laws
LEGAL518 Advanced Arbitration
LEGAL519 Advanced Maritime Law
LEGAL520 Intellectual Property Law and Policy
LEGAL521 Advanced Employment Law
LEGAL523 Advanced Civil Litigation
LEGAL525 Critical Issues in Contemporary and International Indigenous Law
LEGAL526 Legal Aspects of Cyber Security
LEGAL527 Advanced Issues in Charity Law
LEGAL528 Advanced Foreign Investment Law
LEGAL531 Advanced International Environmental Law
LEGAL534 Transnational Criminal Law
LEGAL535 Advanced Environmental Law
LEGAL540 Critical Issues for Pacific Peoples and the Law
LEGAL551 Reconciliation, Justice and Indigeneity
LEGAL552 Critical Issues in International Criminal Law
LEGAL556 Advanced New Zealand Animal Law
LEGAL562 Law of International Trade
LEGAL568 Issues in Public Law
LEGAL569 International Law – A Place for Indigenous Rights
LEGAL574 Law and Information Technology
LEGAL576 The Laws of Armed Conflict & International Humanitarian Law
LEGAL577 National & International Human Rights Law
LEGAL580 Advanced Banking Law
LEGAL583 Advanced Immigration and Refugee Law
LEGAL587 Advanced Health Law
LEGAL593 Thesis
LEGAL594 Thesis