Our highly practical Diploma in Law sets you up to explore new career opportunities or enhance your current role. The online component of the Diploma will allow you to fit your studies around work and family commitments.

150 points, 1 year

Hamilton, Tauranga

Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Why study a DipLaw?

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:

  • Finance
  • Business management
  • Human resources
  • Education
  • 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 offered in Hamilton and Tauranga – see degree structure (below) to read about individual papers.

150 points, 1 year

Hamilton, Tauranga

Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)

Degree information

Plan your study Entry Requirements Fees and scholarships

Study in Tauranga

All DipLaw papers are available in Tauranga, including face-to-face tutorials.

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.

Undergraduate qualifications in law

Explore our other undergraduate qualifications in law:

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.

Practical skills

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.

Cultural experience

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.

Contact us

International Enquiries

Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5pm

Faculty of Law

Te Piringa Faculty of Law, The University of Waikato, Gate 7, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton, New Zealand