LLM - Law as a main subject
With a one-year Master of Laws qualification from the University of Waikato you can tailor your programme through a selection of taught papers and/or research thesis.
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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|Start Dates:||Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)|
|Fees (Domestic):||$7,098-$8,505 per year|
|Fees (International):||$33,660 per year|
|Entry Requirements:||Postgraduate International|
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|*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.|
- Policy Analyst & Advisor
- Mediator and/or Negotiator
- Legal Researcher
- Board Member for Iwi or other organisations
- Local government advocacy
Papers available within Law
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.
|Code||Paper Title||Points||Occurrence / Location|
|ACCTN576||Commercial and Corporate Law||15.0||21A (Hamilton)|
|This paper introduces students to the New Zealand legal system and laws regulation specified business activities. The initial focus is given to the laws applying to business contracts. The paper also cover principles applying to companies.|
|LEGAL500||Legal System and Methods||15.0||21A (Online)|
|This compulsory paper provides an introduction to key elements of the New Zealand legal system for non-lawyers studying law at masters level.|
|LEGAL509||Legal Research: Theory and Methods||15.0||21A (Online)|
|This paper tackles the key areas and aspects of conducting scholarly legal research and guides students through the research and writing process.|
|LEGAL526||Legal Aspects of Cyber Security||30.0||21A (Hamilton)|
|This paper explores the legal aspects of cyber security and cyber crime, by analysing selected legislation and case law relevant to the area of cyber security. The paper covers the ethical and legal boundaries of rights and liability of security professionals.|
|LEGAL527||Advanced Issues in Charity Law||30.0||21A (Hamilton)|
|Charity law retains its ancient roots, whilst at the same time, striving to reflect its relevance in a contemporary world. This paper enables students to explore advanced issues in national and international charity law, which is a growing area of legal practice and research.|
|LEGAL528||Advanced Foreign Investment Law||30.0||No occurrences|
|This paper will provide students with an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the law and policies of present-day international trade regulations, both on the multilateral level (and hence an intensive examination of the procedural and substantive law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)) and on the regional level (the law of Free Trade Agreements).|
|LEGAL534||Transnational Criminal Law||30.0||21B (Hamilton)|
|Globalised criminal activity has forced states to coordinate their legal responses. This paper examines the substantive crimes that states have agreed to enact and the forms of procedural cooperation that states have agreed to adopt in order to cooperate in the suppression of transnational crime.|
|LEGAL568||Issues in Public Law||30.0||21B (Hamilton)|
|Completion of a 12,500 word research paper regarding current Issues in Public Law|
|LEGAL569||International Law - A Place for Indigenous Rights||30.0||21A (Hamilton)|
|The purpose of this paper is to focus on the historical and developing place within International Law, and the United Nations, of the rights for Indigenous Peoples. The influence of the State on this process together the coinciding Indigenous rights to development, education, environmental rights and economic rights will be examine...|
|LEGAL576||The Laws of Armed Conflict & International Humanitarian Law||30.0||21B (Hamilton)|
|This paper is designed to provide the postgraduate student with an advanced understanding of the basic principles of the Laws of Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian Law through an examination of the principles of international law that are to be applied before, during, and after armed conflict.|
|LEGAL580||Special Topic: International Sales and Finance Law||15.0||21A (Hamilton)|
|This paper examines the key principles and concepts, legal issues, and applicable laws concerning a specialised legal topic or research area. This special topic is the subject of in-depth study because it has a significant legal and social impact and it will provide advanced knowledge and skills to law students.|
|LEGAL590||Directed Study||15.0||21X (Hamilton)|
|Completion of a 10,000 word dissertation regarding a legal research subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.|
|Completion of a 12,500 word dissertation regarding a legal research subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.|
|Completion of a 25,000 word dissertation regarding a legal research subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.|
|Completion of a 38,000 word thesis regarding a legal research subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.|
|Completion of a 50,000 word thesis regarding a legal research subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.|
Scholarships and prizes
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Exchange programme and study abroad
Are you keen to study in another country?
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.
We have the most diverse and vibrant student body of all law schools in New Zealand.
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.
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