LLM Study at Waikato

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Ranked among the top 150 law schools in the world, 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. Our Faculty is home to students from eighteen countries, and all our degree programmes are internationally recognised.

Our particular strengths lie in international 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.

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Te Piringa - Faculty of Law also offers a Master of Laws degree (LLM).

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)

Why study for an LLM degree in New Zealand?

The LLM will help you stand out from the crowd, and give you a fresh perspective on the law and international legal systems in an increasingly globalised world. Studying in an English-speaking country with a vibrant common law tradition such as the one in New Zealand will enable you to enhance your academic and professional background and open doors of opportunity anywhere in the world.

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 (exchange programmes, study abroad, double degrees, etc.) 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.

What is Te Piringa

In the Māori language, Te Piringa means "coming together of people ".

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law Faculty has a long-standing and successful relationship with Māori - the indigenous people of New Zealand - and is committed to encouraging the development of a truly indigenous New Zealand jurisprudence.

The Faculty was founded in 1990 on the principles of professionalism, biculturalism and the study of law in the context of social and economic change. We offer a legal education that is relevant for today.

The Waikato LLM

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) programme at Te Piringa - Faculty of Law is a one-year course designed to provide an advanced legal education for law graduates who seek to gain a competitive edge in the local and global environment.

We offer a flexible and yet robust programme structure that meets the needs of our diverse students every year. The Master of Laws program may be completed in either of the following modes:

  • By coursework only (for students who seek to upgrade their skills and knowledge through specialist taught papers)
  • By coursework and dissertation (for students wanting to combine taught papers with a significant part of independent research)
  • By thesis only (only for students who have demonstrated significant capabilities in independent research)

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In the LLM by taught papers (by coursework only), you would have to choose a minimum of 120 points from a pool of "full semester" (taught by our distinguished faculty members) and/or "intensive" papers (taught by our outstanding visiting professors over a shorter period of time).

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Class sizes are small (a maximum of 25 students) and lecturers are very approachable with what we call an "open door" policy. For more information visit

Entry Criteria

Candidates must have completed the LLB degree, or a combined degree in Te Piringa – Faculty of Law, or an equivalent qualification. Admission is subject to a minimum 'B' grade point average. For more information view our Graduate and Postgraduate Studies Handbook

If your first language is not English, you are required to provide satisfactory evidence of English language proficiency, generally in the form of an IELTS (academic) or TOEFL examination score. The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:

  • an IELTS Overall score of 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in the Writing band), or
  • a Paper-based TOEFL score of 600 (with at least 5.5 on the Test of Written English), or
  • an IBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 100 with a Writing score of 22, or
  • a B grade or better at Level 8 in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language.

All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis. However, in individual circumstances, we might accept other means of proof as proficiency of English, which may include competition of tertiary degrees in English. Alternatively, you may choose to take English Courses provided at Waikato Pathways College before enrolling in the LLM Programme.

Tuition Fees

Our full year LL.M. tuition fees amount to NZ$27,920 for international students. For more detailed information on tuition fees visit: In addition to your tuition fee and airfare, you can expect to need up to a further NZ$18,000 per year to cover your living costs, however this will depend on where and how you live, and does not take into account further travel, entertainment or personal expenses. In general, you will find the cost of living in Hamilton is a lot less expensive than in other major cities throughout New Zealand.


There are only a limited number of scholarships available to International Students. For further information on scholarships please visit


Full details of immigration requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website at


The University 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, bush walks, hiking and mountain-biking tracks, etc. The Waikato University campus is large and beautiful with three small lakes and sports fields.

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There are several on- and off-campus housing options available to you and the University can also assist in finding rental accommodation close to campus. Further information can be found at:

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