Graduate Diploma in Law
Convert your overseas law degree or gain an equivalent of a second major to your non-law bachelor's degree with a Graduate Diploma in Law.
This law diploma will add value in your workplace and provide the opportunity to hone your legal knowledge and skills. You'll get to choose the papers you want to do and focus on what's really important in your career. Select Contract Law and Commercial Transactions Law; or focus on Dispute Resolution, Mediation or Property Issues in Family Law.
All level 100 to 400 papers are available to you. Some papers are offered during Summer School and could be completed within four to eight weeks.
The GradDipLaw would also suit New Zealand law graduates who are seeking to enhance their knowledge of the law by studying papers in new areas. This programme meets the requirements of the New Zealand Law Society’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD). To find out more about CPD requirements, please visit NZLS' website.
You'll need to attain 120 points or equivalent of two semesters of study to gain this qualification. At least 80 points should come from papers at 300 level (third year) or above.
Aiming for a higher level degree?
This qualification can also be a pathway for entry to a master's degree in law. We offer a generic Master of Laws qualification and one specialising in Pacific legal thought and indigenous peoples’ rights.
Overseas law degree conversion
If you gained your law degree abroad and wish to practice as a Barrister or Solicitor in New Zealand, you'll need to apply to the New Zealand Council of Legal Education (NZCLE) for assessment of your qualifications and experience.
NZCLE may prescribe you to complete a paper or papers that you could credit towards your GradDipLaw.
Further information is available on the NZCLE website.
“I graduated with first class honours and was admitted to the bar in 2008. I worked as a solicitor in Hamilton before returning to Waikato to complete my LLM (Hons) in 2011. At Waikato I was a tutor for two years, teaching Jurisprudence, Equity and Crimes.”
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To be accepted into the Graduate Diploma in Law programme, you need to have: completed a bachelor's degree at the University of Waikato or an equivalent qualification at another university; or demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Academic Board that you have adequate training, experience and ability to proceed with the proposed programme.
To be accepted into the Graduate Diploma in Law programme, you need to have:
- completed a bachelor's degree at the University of Waikato or an equivalent qualification at another university; or
- demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Academic Board that you have adequate training, experience and ability to proceed with the proposed programme.
In exceptional circumstances, candidates who do not meet these requirements, but who have proven record of academic merit and relevant experience may be accepted into the programme. The Academic Board may require you to complete any qualifying papers that could be completed either prior to or concurrently.
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Graduate study options
Graduate Diploma in Law could be your pathway to Master of Laws (LLM) degree.
Graduate Diploma in Law could be your pathway to Master of Laws (LLM) degree. We offer a generic Master of Laws qualification and one specialising in Pacific legal thought and indigenous peoples’ rights.
Explore our other undergraduate qualifications in law:
If you have already gained a bachelor’s degree in a subject other than law, you may be interested in our
Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution (GradDipDR).
If you are considering studying for a higher degree in law, Waikato's Faculty of Law offers the following qualifications:
For more information on these and other options, please contact us at Law Reception.