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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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Key information

Years: 1.0
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,218 - $8,797 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $33,660 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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 PGCert(Law), PGDip(Law), LLB(Hons), LLM and LLM(Māori/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, including LEGAL509 and 105 points from any other 500-level LEGAL coded papers.

The LLM(Māori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples) comprises 120 points, including LEGAL509 and 105 points from any other 500-level LEGAL coded papers.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
LEGAL509Legal Research: Theory and Methods15.022A (Online)
This paper tackles the key areas and aspects of conducting scholarly legal research and guides students through the research and writing process.
LEGAL526Legal Aspects of Cyber Security30.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
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.
LEGAL527Advanced Issues in Charity Law30.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
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.
LEGAL528Advanced Foreign Investment Law30.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
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 F...
LEGAL535Advanced Environmental Law30.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
An advanced-level examination of the foundations and principles of environmental and resource management law, and the planning, consenting, adjudication and compliance techniques used to implement the law.
LEGAL556Advanced New Zealand Animal Law30.022B (Hamilton)
An advanced-level examination of New Zealand's current regime of Animal Law.
LEGAL569International Law - A Place for Indigenous Rights30.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
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...
LEGAL576The Laws of Armed Conflict & International Humanitarian Law30.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (Tauranga)
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.
LEGAL580Advanced Banking and Finance Law15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (Tauranga)
An advanced-level examination of the law relating to the structuring and implementation of all forms of financing, funding and finance structures, including unit trusts, subordinated debt issues, and structured finance and securitisation transactions.
LEGAL590Directed Study15.022X (Hamilton)
Completion of a 10,000 word dissertation regarding a legal research subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.
LEGAL591Dissertation30.022X (Hamilton)
Completion of a 12,500 word dissertation regarding a legal research subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.
LEGAL592Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton)
Completion of a 25,000 word dissertation regarding a legal research subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.
LEGAL593Thesis90.022X (Hamilton)
Completion of a 38,000 word thesis regarding a legal research subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.

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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