Master of Laws in Māori/Pacific & Indigenous Peoples' Law
(LLM Māori/Pacific & Indigenous Peoples')

Reflecting the University's geographical location, the LLM (Māori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples') is a specialist degree designed to explore Pacific legal thought and practice.

It aims to provide candidates with the skills to participate actively in the development of Pacific jurisprudence and to enhance global understanding of Pacific legal systems.

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. The thesis-only option is available to candidates who have:

  • completed an LLB (Hons); or
  • completed a combined degree in Te Piringa - Faculty of Law with Honours in law; or
  • completed an LLB (Hons) at another university; or
  • achieved comparable levels of attainment in LLB studies at another university.

The subject of the thesis must be developed and defined in close consultation with relevant staff. The research topic is subject to the approval of the Associate Dean - Postgraduate/Research who is responsible for the appointment of a supervisor(s). If more than one supervisor is appointed, one will be designated as the Chief Supervisor.

Course requirements

Currently the degree comprises the equivalent of four Level 5 papers as prescribed for the Degree in the Law entry in the University of Waikato Calendar. In all other respects, the requirements are the same as for the LLM.