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Dip(Law) - Law as a subject

Our highly practical Diploma in Law sets you up to explore new career opportunities or enhance your current role. The online component of the Diploma will allow you to fit your studies around work and family commitments. Credit completed Diploma papers towards your first and second years of a Bachelor of Laws.

Studying law is empowering as it affects every aspect of our life. Study Law at the University of Waikato - one of New Zealand / Aotearoa’s leading law schools - and you'll be looking into why laws are made, who makes them, how they work and how to change them.

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Key information

Points: 150
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (International): $38,960 per year
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Policy Analyst & Advisor
  • Mediator and/or Negotiator
  • Legal Researcher
  • Board Member for Iwi or other organisations
  • Local government advocacy

Degree Planner

Prescriptions for the GradCert(Law), GradDip(Law) and GradDip(NZLegSt)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Law at an advanced level in their first degree. A Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Legal Studies is also available.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Law Office.

Prescriptions for the LLB(Hons), PGCert(Law), PGDip(Law), LLM and LLM(Maori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples)

The LLB(Hons) includes 60 points chosen from LEGAL509, LEGAL523, LEGAL526, LEGAL528, LEGAL531, LEGAL555, LEGAL569, LEGAL574, LEGAL576, LEGAL580, LEGAL590, LEGAL591, LEGAL592, LEGAL593 or LEGAL594. Students enrolling in the Honours programme may be subject to prerequisite and corequisite requirements.

The LLM comprises 120 points chosen from LEGAL509, LEGAL523, LEGAL526, LEGAL528, LEGAL531, LEGAL555, LEGAL569, LEGAL574, LEGAL576, LEGAL580, LEGAL590, LEGAL591, LEGAL592, LEGAL593 or LEGAL594.

The LLM(Maori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples) comprises a total of 120 points, normally selected from LEGAL516, LEGAL525, LEGAL531, LEGAL551, LEGAL555, LEGAL569, LEGAL575, LEGAL576 or LEGAL577.

Scholarships and prizes

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Are you keen to study in another country?

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.

In your fourth year of study, you'll have the opportunity to spend one semester of study towards your degree at one of our many partner law schools in Europe, North America or Asia.

To be eligible you must have completed Year 3 Law and have a sound academic record. For more information, contact the Law Student Administrator

University Exchange Programme

If you’re studying a conjoint law degree, you may be able to participate in an exchange from second year onward by studying some non-law papers overseas.

Find out more about our student exchange programmes.

We have the most diverse and vibrant student body of all law schools in New Zealand. Up to 30 per cent of all our students identify themselves as Māori and nearly 16 per cent come from Pacific background. Nearly 40 per cent of our students are over the age of 25.

The Faculty's three dynamic law student associations: Pacific Law Student Association, Te Whakahiapo (Māori Student Association) and Waikato University Law Student Associations play an important role of fostering great collegial relationships between students and offer plenty of social and learning opportunities.

Our Mentoring Programme will provide extra support. Our Mentors are law students in their senior years. They will provide guidance in your studies, help you to navigate through the transition period from school or previous employment to university study as well as advise you on other services and opportunities available to you on campus.


Te Piringa Faculty of Law

Law Reception
Phone: 0800 924 528 Ext: 4167 or +64 7 838 4167
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Location: N Block, Gate 7, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton