Dean's Welcome

Welcome to Te Piringa - Faculty of Law and the University of Waikato. Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Wāhanga Ture me te Whare Wānanga o Waikato.

The study and practice of law is exciting, challenging and extremely rewarding. The Bachelor of Laws degree is the professional qualification and pathway to legal practice and to a wide range of other career options for law graduates in business, non-governmental organizations and public service. A degree in law can open the door to many opportunities in Aotearoa/New Zealand as well as abroad.

At Waikato we are absolutely committed to providing you with the highest quality and innovative student-focused legal education. We achieve this through our founding goals of professionalism, biculturalism and the study of law in context, linked with our practical skills programme, our focus on smallgroup teaching at first year level, excellent information technology (IT) resources and the integration of IT and topical issues into the law curriculum. As a result, our graduates are highly regarded for being innovative, multi-skilled, adaptable and committed to excellence.

Our Faculty is especially committed to fostering Māori, Pacific Island and indigenous issues within the context of the Treaty of Waitangi partnership principle. We are fortunate to possess particular strength in this area as well as in environmental and resource law, human rights, criminal justice, dispute resolution, comparative law and public policy generally. Through our many linkages with foreign law schools we can offer our students possibilities to pursue part of their legal education abroad. Our student body is quite diverse and have opportunities to pursue their interests through competitive moots, internships and student associations. Our staff consists of distinguished scholars from many nations, and we benefit from frequent guest speakers from overseas along with across the country to enrich your learning experience. Waikato is thus a truly exciting place to study law as it exists today along with how it is changing to meet the needs of New Zealand in an increasingly global society.

This website will provide you with detailed information about the Waikato law programmes, career opportunities for graduates and the excellent facilities and extensive resources offered to students. I recommend that you also refer to our Undergraduate and Postgraduate Handbooks for detailed information about the law programmes and the support we offer our students.