Waikato hosts US law students

1 January 2016

Eight American law students are studying at the University of Waikato from 5 January to 19 February 2016 as part of a foreign study programme.

The students are visiting from the largest law school in the United States, Cooley Law School to learn about New Zealand law. Professor Kimberly O’Leary is accompanying the group.

The students will be attending various short courses taught by Waikato’s law staff. The short courses include Introduction to New Zealand’s Legal System; Comparative Chinese and Common Law Systems; International Environmental Law; International Trade Issues; and Indigenous Rights in Action: The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The courses will be credited towards their US-based Juris Doctor (JD) degree.

As part of their New Zealand experience, the students will have the opportunity to visit popular tourist attractions including Hamilton Gardens, Raglan, Bridal Veil Falls and Queenstown.

Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School has been running the New Zealand and Australian Foreign Study programme “Down Under” for 17 years. The programme enables American law students to live and study in Hamilton, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia. Waikato University Lecturer Cheryl Green is the local co-director of the programme with professor John Duns from Monash University.

The group will begin law classes at Monash University in Melbourne on 22 February for the remainder of their ‘winter’ semester.