As a law student, studying law in a foreign jurisdiction is not only valuable on its own merit but it also enables you to re-examine the foundations of the New Zealand legal system through a comparative lens.

Student Exchange

The Waikato OE programme offers you the opportunity to spend one trimester of study towards your law degree at an international institution in your fourth year of study. At this stage, A Trimester of your fourth year is the best trimester to go on an exchange. However, things are underway to allow B Trimester in your fourth year to also be an option. The degree mapper below shows the core and elective papers for an LLB and highlights the flexibility of the fourth year for an exchange.

To be eligible as a law student you must have completed Year 3 Law and have a sound academic record (B grade average minimum).

Find the list of law exchange options here.

Global Internships

Our partners CRCC Asia and Intern Group have internship opportunities in a wide variety of sectors, including Legal, and all internships are in English.  The programmes range from 1-3 months and are located in cities such as Tokyo, Shanghai, London, Barcelona, New York and more.

There is a cost for these internships, however Waikato students receive a partnership discount and are considered for the Waikato OE Travel Award.

Explore global internships.

While our global internships are currently non-credit bearing, students are encouraged to speak to their School directly if they want to arrange credit for their WIL paper.

What other Law students have to say....

Liani Ball
Bachelor of Laws/Management Studies - Double major in Law and Public Relations
University of Calgary, Canada

"I made the decision to spend my last semester of my LLB/BMS at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. I was nervous around choosing papers and learning Canadian law, however I took a series of International Law papers which were actually very useful. My lecturers were amazing, all extremely well-educated and bought a lot to my experience at the University.

Calgary is a great city, super close to Banff and Jasper National parks and with a great social scene. The University offers a lot of events directed at exchange students so there are lots of chances to make friends, and the Halls of Residence are also very social. During my time in Canada I saw the northern lights, skated on a frozen lake at sunrise, and saw wild bison on the side of the road, not to mention made forever friendships. It really is a bucket-list experience!

Despite my exchange being cut short due to COVID, I would 100% do it again, and would strongly
recommend an exchange to anyone considering it!"

Key Contact

Nathan Cooper
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 838 4463

If you know Nathan as a lecturer then we encourage you to approach him directly - he is very approachable and has a wealth of knowledge!