For the people who will stand up for what's right

For the people who only need one shot at greatness

Why study Law?

Study in one of the leading law schools in New Zealand. Look deeper to find out why laws are made, who made them, how they work and how to change them.

The Bachelor of Laws degree is the professional qualification and pathway to legal practice and to a wide range of other career options for law graduates in business, non-governmental organizations and public service.

Commitment to research

Real admission to the Bachelor of Laws (LLB); colleagues not competitors

Learn from award winning professors

Drive change in our society

Gain the skills and knowledge that meet the high demands of a wide range of careers, both inside and outside the legal profession.

Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts - Law as a major
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Quality of training

Experience a modern approach to studying law that is critical to a successful law graduate in today’s rapidly changing world.

High quality professional training in all the core subjects required by the New Zealand Council of Legal Education. Our focus on teaching practical skills are a key feature of the Waikato law programme, making our graduates in high demand for conventional legal positions, as well as policy and law reform roles.

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The power of language - He mana tō te reo

The Faculty of Law - Te Piringa, supports the use of te reo and the teaching of Māori customary law. We are committed to fostering Māori, Pacific Island and indigenous issues within the context of the Treaty of Waitangi partnership principle.

Become an active citizen

University of Waikato students are tackling some of the world’s biggest issues. Law and Social Sciences student Shaymaa Arif talks about the state of her home in the Middle East and what she’s doing to help.

Postgraduate Programmes

Our graduate and postgraduate programme provide graduates with the deep inner confidence required to pursue leading careers in law or policy across all sectors of the economy, and successful and rewarding academic careers as legal scholars.

Master of Laws (LLM)s

Master of Legal Studies (MLS)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

For practicing lawyers our LLM degree satisfies the requirements for New Zealand Law Society CPD points.


Sought-after legal expert recognised as ‘critic and conscience’ of society

University of Waikato Law Professor Alexander Gillespie has been named the joint winner of this year’s Critic and Conscience of Society Award.

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Chief Human Rights Commissioner recognised with Honorary Doctorate

New Zealand’s Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt has received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waikato in recognition of his significant contributions to global human rights and equality.

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Rewards of family law make it all worth it for graduate

It takes a special type of person to be a family lawyer. The work can be emotional and stressful but the rewards are worth it. Just ask Tekatau Bio.

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Pacific heritage important to alumnus and government advisor

When Ta'atiti Ioane Tuupo was 13, he went to his older brother’s university graduation ceremony and had a photo taken of himself wearing his brother’s gown. He said, “One day I’ll wear my own gown.” And he did.

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