LLM Study at Waikato

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Te Piringa Faculty of Law is dedicated to providing its students with the highest quality, student-focused practical legal education.

We welcome applications from students around the world and all our degree programmes are internationally recognised.

Our particular strengths lie in international law, cyber law, indigenous legal issues, environmental law, alternative dispute resolution, intellectual property, law and information technology, human rights, law of armed conflict and law and public policy. We have a strong focus on social justice.

Why Waikato?

Choose Waikato to study for an internationally recognised qualification at a world-class law school in a friendly environment close to some of the most stunning scenery in the world.

The Waikato Law Faculty is committed to providing Masters and Postgraduate students with a challenging and enriching educational experience, in a supportive learning environment.

Our faculty members come from a wide range of nations and cultural backgrounds, creating a truly multicultural environment.  Alongside with leading NZ scholars, the Faculty holds staff from as far afield as Canada, China, Fiji, South Africa, Colombia, Iran, Ireland, the UK and the USA, who regularly advise governments and international organisations on a range of legal issues. Staff are actively engaged in trend-setting research which is published in internationally peer-reviewed publications.

We are home to the Centre for Environmental, Resources and Energy Law (CEREL) and the Maori and Indigenous Governance Centre (MIGC).

We have teaching and research links with institutions all over the world including in Europe, US and China. These links and our regular programme of international guest lecturers enrich the learning experience at Te Piringa Faculty of Law.

Learn more about practicing law in NZ.

Postgraduate Programmes

We also offer a wide array of postgraduate degree programmes that are taught through small seminars or by supervised research.

Graduate Diploma Programmes

Graduate Diploma in Law
Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution

Masters Degree Programmes

Master of Laws (LLM)
Master of Laws in Maori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples' Law

Higher Degree Programmes

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)
Doctor of Laws (LLD)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


A scholarship will open up a world of opportunities for you and many can provide support with study, fees, accommodation, research or leadership opportunities. Find more detailed information on scholarships here.


Full details of immigration requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements are all available from Immigration New Zealand.


The University of Waikato is located in Hamilton, New Zealand's fourth largest city, with a population of over 130,000 people. Several world-class surf and swimming beaches are located within an hours drive of Hamilton, and the greater Waikato region plays host to many outdoor activities, such as skiing, rowing, bush walks, hiking and mountain-biking tracks, etc. The Waikato University campus sits on 65 hectares, with thousands of mature trees, three small lakes and huge sports fields.

Find more information about Why study at Waikato.


There are several on- and off-campus housing options available to you and University accommodation staff can also help you to find rental accommodation close to campus. Find more information about Accommodation.