Te Piringa - Faculty of Law Student Profiles
I am now a lawyer, thanks to my law study at the University of Waikato. The degree and skills I got from Waikato made me employable.
I love the atmosphere at the campus. Everyone is so nice and supportive. It was really easy to meet new people because of all the cultural and social events the university holds.
Never be afraid to use your voice. You are capable and powerful of doing anything you set your mind to.
I chose to study at Waikato because I was offered the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship which was a big drawcard. There’s also a strong hockey hub in Hamilton with Midlands being based here, so I knew I would be getting good training sessions as well.
My time at Waikato has been characterised by a lot of learning and personal growth. I’ve learned new skills and have been pushed outside of my comfort zone through experiences that I could never have imagined I would be a part of when I first started.
I always knew I wanted to make a difference to the community so studying towards a law degree was the best way I could see to help. It’s a privilege to be able to use my law degree and the knowledge I’ve gained to help the community.
Studying law opened my mind to a completely different language, way of thinking, expressing myself and problem solving. Even if a student did not eventually end up practising law, a law degree would equip them with skills that they can use in many other industries and careers.
Law, Māori Language/Te Reo Māori
Lawyers are catalysts for change as they can directly influence justice and how it’s administered. Using these skills, I want to take them back to my people and show them how to participate effectively within the system.
The support from my lecturers has been great – I feel like Waikato is very collaborative and my tutors are very understanding of my extra-curricular activities and basketball in relation to my studies.
Law, Philosophy, Political Science
When I came down for an orientation, the campus caught my eye instantly – the lakes are beautiful, everything is close together, the Uni itself is away from the bustling city, and the campus has its own student vibe.
Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, Law
The University of Waikato Law school alumna is co-founder, CEO and the driving force behind legal tech company Automio.
There is a strong whānau ethos within the Law School, with the university, staff and students working collectively to produce some of the finest and most talented leaders of tomorrow.
The high calibre of academic programmes and lecturers was one of the primary reasons I chose to study here. Waikato is also very strong at promoting teamwork in a supportive environment.
Development Studies, Law, Maori, Māori and Pacific Development, Māori Language/Te Reo Māori, Māori and Indigenous Studies
I'm inspired by the dedicated and committed people who've gone before me. We have to ensure that future generations of Māori are provided for spiritually, culturally, environmentally and economically. I'm not afraid of a challenge.
My law degree has given me the confidence, skills and knowledge to practice law and now to assist in the formulation and development of legal policy.