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Studying law is empowering as it affects every aspect of our life. Study Law at the University of Waikato - ranked as one of the world's top 250 universities for Law - and you'll be looking into why laws are made, who makes them, how they work and how to change them.

Everyone needs to know the law, not just lawyers. The Rule of Law is the cornerstone of the civilised society. It defines rights and obligations and provides structure to institutions of government and commerce. Business people, financial consultants, police officers, forensic scientists, parole officers and people of many other professions will have studied law.

Lawyers usually specialise in one or two areas, for example international or cyber law. Use your degree and the practical experiences around it to discover what your passion is, and what kind of law you’d like to practice.

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 QS World University Subject Rankings has recognised the University of Waikato among the worlds top 250 universities for studying Law.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga; Online
Faculty:

Career opportunities

  • Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Judge
  • Policy Analyst & Advisor
  • Mediator and/or Negotiator
  • Legal Researcher
  • Board Member for Iwi or other organisations

Prescriptions for the DipLaw

To complete a DipLaw students must complete LEGAL103, LEGAL104, LEGAL106, LEGAL201, LEGAL204 and LEGAL207.

Prescriptions for the GradDip(DR)

The Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution provides a practical and theoretical exploration of the processes of dispute resolution, and utilises the experience and expertise developed within the Schools of Law, Management, and Education. Graduates of this qualification will satisfy the academic requirements for Associate status of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ). For entry to the Graduate Diploma, candidates must have either a bachelors degree in any discipline or relevant work experience considered to be equivalent.

The programme consists of papers totalling 120 points, comprising LEGAL205, LEGAL306 and MCOM331, either LEGAL449, MCOM431 or MCOM336, and electives totalling 40 points chosen from HDCO340, LEGAL205, LEGAL306, LEGAL405, LEGAL420, LEGAL434, LEGAL449, LEGAL490 or MCOM431. For the purposes of the Graduate Diploma, LEGAL205 is a corequisite for LEGAL306, and a prerequisite for the Law elective papers.

Note: LEGAL205, LEGAL306 and LEGAL449 are requirements for admission to Associate status in AMINZ.

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.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Prescriptions for the PhD and SJD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a four year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

The Doctor of Juridical Science consists of a research portfolio and a thesis which makes a contribution to knowledge consistent with at least three years of full-time research.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LAWS103Legal MethodThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS105Introduction to New Zealand Law and SocietyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS106Legal Systems and SocietiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS107Constitutional LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL103Legal Method- Research and Statutory Interpretation18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
The objective of the paper is to teach students the basics of legal method including introduction to University studies, introduction to the study of law, digital skills and tools for law students, legal research, introduction to problem solving and critical thinking, academic and professional integrity and statutory interpretation...
LEGAL104Legal Method- Legal Writing and Case Analysis18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
The objective of the paper is to teach students legal writing, case analysis and introduce the students to advocacy including written and oral skills, and to teach the students techniques for revision and sitting law exams. To continue upskilling students in obtaining useful digital skills and tools.
LEGAL105Introduction to New Zealand Law and Society18A (Online) & 18T (Online)
An introduction for non lawyers to the nature and functions of law and the processes of lawmaking. The relationship between law and society will be illustrated by relevant examples.
LEGAL106Legal Systems and Societies18Y (Hamilton) & 18Y (Tauranga)
An introduction to the history, sources, context and institutions of law in Aotearoa/New Zealand, with particular reference to statute, custom as illustrated by Maori customary law and the common law, and the distinctive position of the Treaty of Waitangi.
LEGAL107Constitutional Law18Y (Hamilton)
This paper examines the principles of constitutionalism and the framework of the New Zealand system of government.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LAWS201Public Law AThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS203JurisprudenceThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS204ContractsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS205Foundations in Legal StudiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS206Administrative LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS207TortsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL201Public Law18Y (Hamilton) & 18Y (Tauranga)
Part One examines the principles of constitutionalism and the framework of the New Zealand system of government. Part Two examines the exercise and control of executive power in New Zealand and the relationship between the state, its agencies and the individual.
LEGAL203Jurisprudence18Y (Hamilton) & 18Y (Tauranga)
An analysis of legal theories and ideologies, emphasising different approaches to the meaning of law, examining the relationship between theory and practice, illustrated by the concepts of sovereignty, liability, property, justice, rights and personality.
LEGAL204Contracts18Y (Hamilton) & 18Y (Tauranga)
This paper is an introduction to the theory of contract; the general principles relating to the operation, formation and discharge of contract; and the general principles of agency. It is a core paper for the Council for Legal Education (CLE).
LEGAL205Foundations in Legal Studies18B (Online) & 18T (Online)
A paper to provide students with a basic understanding of the New Zealand legal system, and an introduction to the law of torts, contract, agency, sale of goods and services, persons, including corporate bodies, property and consumer legislation
LEGAL206Administrative Law18Y (Hamilton) & 18Y (Tauranga)
This paper examines the execise and control of executive power in New Zealand and the relationship between the state, it's agencies and the individual.
LEGAL207Torts18Y (Hamilton) & 18Y (Tauranga)
An analysis of the general principles of civil liability; interests protected by the law of torts; negligence; specific torts such as nuisance and defamation; and the law relating to compensation for personal injury by accident in New Zealand.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HDCO340Perspectives on Counselling18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper examines the philosophical, psychological and sociological principles that underpin the aims and methods of the helping professions in general, and counselling in particular.
LAWS301CrimesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS305Corporate EntitiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS306Dispute ResolutionThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS307Land LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS308Equity and SuccessionThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL301Crimes18Y (Hamilton)
An analysis of the general principles of criminal law and selected offences chargeable under New Zealand law; an introduction to criminal procedure from arrest to sentencing in both jury and judge-alone trials (excluding evidence); and an introduction to the criminal justice system.
LEGAL305Corporate Entities18Y (Hamilton)
An introduction to the concept of corporate personality in the law including an introduction to the general principles of law relating to companies and other corporates.
LEGAL306Dispute Resolution18Y (Hamilton)
The objective/ethos of the paper is to expose students to the theory, general principles and practical dimensions of client interviewing, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, adjudication and advocacy. Once the students have a basic knowledge of these skills, the paper then examines how these skills are applied within certain conte...
LEGAL307Land Law18Y (Hamilton)
An analysis of the history, principles and bicultural context of land law.
LEGAL308Equity and Succession18Y (Hamilton)
An analysis of the principles of equity with particular reference to the laws of trusts, the principle of the law of succession and the administration of estates, and choses in action and the assignment thereof.
MCOM331Managing Conflict and ConsensusThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

400 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LAWS401The Law of EvidenceThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS402Civil ProcedureThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS403Crime, Criminology and the Criminal Justice SystemThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS405The Treaty of Waitangi in Contemporary Aotearoa/New ZealandThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS406Maori Land LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS408Family LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS411Comparative LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS413Nga Tikanga Maori/Maori Customary LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS414Indigenous Peoples RightsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS416Judicial ReviewThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS417Immigration and Refugee LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS420Employment LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS424Revenue LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS426Commercial TransactionsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS427Competition LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS430Water LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS432Energy LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS434Environmental LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS435CyberlawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS436Legal EthicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS437Public International LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS440Special TopicThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS441Special Topic: Indigenous Rights in the Common Law WorldThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS442Human Rights LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS443Special TopicThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS444The Law and Public PolicyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS447Mining and Petroleum LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS449Mediation: Law, Principles and PracticeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS451International Criminal LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS456New Zealand Animal Law: What, Why and Where to?This paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS457Insurance LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS458AdvocacyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS459Law of the SeaThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS468Law of Intellectual PropertyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS469Issues in Health LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS472Property Issues in Family LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS473An Introduction to the Law of International TradeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS478Media LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS489Directed StudyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS490Directed StudyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS492Law and New TechnologiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS496Work PlacementThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL401The Law of Evidence18B (Hamilton)
An examination of the principles of the law of evidence in criminal and civil cases.
LEGAL402Civil Procedure18A (Hamilton)
An examination of the jurisdiction and procedure of the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal in civil cases, with particular emphasis on High Court proceedings, the principles of pleading and the drafting of documents.
LEGAL403Crime, Criminology and the Criminal Justice SystemThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL405Treaty of Waitangi in Contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand18B (Hamilton)
An examination of the Treaty of Waitangi 1840 in contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand. Consideration will be given to ways in which the Treaty guarantees might best be realised in relation to the legal system, health, education, resource management and local government.
LEGAL406Maori Land Law18B (Hamilton)
An examination of the legal practices applicable to Maori land; the history of Maori land legislation, present laws and practices, the effective utilisation of Maori land and proposals for future utilisation.
LEGAL408Family Law18A (Hamilton)
A focus on the law and social policies involved in the formation and breakdown of family relationships. The paper specifically examines the matrix of legislation and case law that underpin common family law disputes and legal proceedings in the Family Court.
LEGAL411Comparative Law18A (Hamilton)
A critical study and comparision of legal systems and structures outside the domestic system (in this case New Zealand).
LEGAL412Introduction to European Union Law18T (Hamilton)
An introduction to European institutions and the law of the European Union and its relationship to the domestic laws of member states.
LEGAL414Indigenous Peoples Rights18A (Hamilton)
This paper will explore the construction, development and implementation of indigenous peoples rights domestically and internationally.
LEGAL420Employment Law18B (Hamilton)
This course is a practical survey of employment law in New Zealand. It examines the formation, operation, and termination of the employment relationship as well as personal grievances, remedies and the employment insitutions.
LEGAL424Revenue Law18B (Hamilton)
An introduction to some of the key principles and concepts of New Zealand's taxation system. Selected aspects of income tax law as well as the law on indirect taxes, such as the goods and services tax, will also be examined.
LEGAL426Commercial Transactions18B (Hamilton)
An examination of the law on sale of goods, personal property securities, credit contracts and consumer finance, and aspects of fair trading and consumer guarantees law.
LEGAL427Competition Law18A (Hamilton)
A study of competition law and policy in New Zealand including the regulation of takeovers and mergers,and restrictive trade practices.
LEGAL430Water LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL432Energy Law18B (Hamilton)
An examination of the law concerning global energy problems, oil and gas, renewables, markets, energy efficiency and climate change, with an empahsis on regulation and commercial aspects. The course provides an introduction to themes in modern energy law.
LEGAL434Environmental Law18A (Hamilton)
An examination of the general principles of the law concerning natural and physical resources, sustainable development, pollution control, town planning and Treaty of Waitangi principles.
LEGAL435Cyber Law18B (Hamilton)
An exploration of the impact of the internet, including aspects of both criminal and civil arenas, with special emphasis on cybercrime, intellectual property, and e-business.
LEGAL436Legal Ethics18A (Hamilton)
An introduction to the concept of a profession and the ethical and professional duties of practitioners and an introduction to ethical analysis, the applicability of legal analysis to legal practice and the wider responsibilities of lawyers in the community.
LEGAL437Public International Law18B (Hamilton)
An introduction to public international law: evolution, sources, relationship between international and municipal law, the law of treaties, the law of the sea and international institutions, particularly the United Nations.
LEGAL440Special Topic: Pacific Peoples and the Law18S (Hamilton)
A critical study and comparision of legal systems and issues within the Pacific region.
LEGAL441Special Topic: Sex, Gender and the LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL442Human Rights Law18B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the laws governing the protection of human rights both at the national and international level. Students will explore the framework of human rights protection and the enforcement mechanisms.
LEGAL443Special Topic: Advanced Employment LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL447Mining and Petroleum Law18A (Hamilton)
This paper inquires into the legal framework of mining and petroleum activity in New Zealand and internationally.
LEGAL449Mediation: Law, Principles and Practice18T (Hamilton)
This paper will offer students an opportunity to understand mediation at an advanced level. It will examine legal aspects of mediation, theories in relation to practice as well as practical training and skill development.
LEGAL450Contemporary Issues in Sports Law18S (Hamilton)
The law is now an integral part of sport. This course explores the application of numerous legal principles to a specialist environment, the uniqueness of which invites innovative and interesting legal arrangements. It is hoped that by the end of the course, students have a working knowledge of legal problems associated with sport....
LEGAL451International Criminal LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL456New Zealand Animal Law - What, Why and Where to?18A (Hamilton)
A survey of New Zealand's current regime of Animal Law, including related to animal production, welfare, use in/as sport, research, control, trade and conservation.
LEGAL457Insurance Law18T (Hamilton)
This paper provides an introduction to the principles which underpin indemnity insurance, with particular reference to those principles which set insurance contracts apart from other contracts.
LEGAL458Advocacy18B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to introduce the role of the advocate in society. Participants will develop practical advocacy skills, informed by examination of the function of the advocate in trial and non-trial settings.
LEGAL459Law of the Sea18A (Hamilton)
Study of the international Law of the Sea and relevant New Zealand laws applying throughout the Territorial Sea, Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf, and High Seas.
LEGAL466International Environmental LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL468Intellectual Property18A (Hamilton)
A study of the law of intellectual property in New Zealand, including the law of copyright, trade secrets, patents, designs, trade marks, fair-trading and passing off.
LEGAL472Issues in Family Law18B (Hamilton)
A focus on Family Court procedure, processes and common family law issues stemming from the formation and breakdown of family relationships and the matrix of family law legislation. Includes an examination of the dispute resolution process, legislation and case law, filing of legal documents, options available for settlement, resul...
LEGAL473Introduction to the Law of International Trade18B (Hamilton)
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...
LEGAL476Laws of Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL490Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18S (Hamilton) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper is open to suitably qualified students who, under supervision of one or more academic staff members with experience in the appropriate area(s), engage in research leading to the production of the equivalent of a 6000 to 8000 word research assignment.
LEGAL492Law and New Technologies18A (Hamilton)
New technologies often present novel problems for regulators and the legislature. This paper will explore selected new technologies through the lens of law, by analysing legal issues and responses to new technologies.
LEGAL496Work Placement18C (Hamilton)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their specialisation as part of their LLB and to consolidate that work placement with a 3,000 - 4,000 word research paper.
MCOM431Negotiation and Persuasion18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the theory and practice of persuasion and negotiation in a range of professional contexts.
MCOM476Diversity LeadershipThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LAWS523Advanced Civil LitigationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS524Corporate Governance in Context: Legal and Ethical IssuesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS525Contemporary International Indigenous IssuesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS526Legal Aspects of Cyber SecurityThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS527Advanced Issues in Charity LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS528Foreign Investment LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS531International Environmental LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS534Transnational Criminal LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS555Comparative and International Indigenous RightsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS562International TradeThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS566Legal Theory: Exploring Law's Dark SideThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS569International Law - A place for Indigenous RightsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS570Special Topic: International Entertainment and Sports LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS571Special Topic: International Sales and Finance LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS572Special Topic: Judicial RemediesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS574Law and Information TechnologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS576The Laws of Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS577National and International Human Rights LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS591DissertationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS592DissertationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS593Law ThesisThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS594Law ThesisThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL509Legal Research: Theory and Methods18A (Hamilton)
This paper tackles the key areas and aspects of conducting scholarly legal research and guides students through the research and writing process.
LEGAL523Advanced Civil Litigation18A (Hamilton)
The focus of this paper is current and significant issues in civil litigation,with an emphasis on the ways in which concerns about access to justice is changing the way in which litigation is practiced across the common law world.
LEGAL525Contemporary and International Indigenous IssuesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL526Legal Aspects of Cyber Security18A (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.
LEGAL527Advanced Issues in Charity LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL528Foreign Investment Law18B (Hamilton)
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...
LEGAL531International Environmental Law18A (Hamilton)
This paper provides a synthesis of theory and specific case studies (such as devopment, growth, trade, debt and aid - as as they relate to the international environment), so that the student will be able to understand the most formidable international environmental problems in international law and the context from which these prob...
LEGAL569International Law - A place for Indigenous Rights18B (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...
LEGAL574Law and Information Technology18B (Hamilton)
The primary goals of this paper are to examine the impact of the internet on law; how the internet is influencing the interpretation of current law and the development of new law.
LEGAL576The Laws of Armed Conflict & International Humanitarian Law18B (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.
LEGAL577National & International Human Rights LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL580Special Topic: Clinical Approach to Human Rights18A (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.
LEGAL581Special Topic: Equality and the LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL590Directed Study18C (Hamilton)
Completion of a 10,000 word dissertation regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.
LEGAL591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
Completion of a 12,500 word dissertation regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty
LEGAL592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
Completion of a 25,000 word dissertation regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.
LEGAL593Thesis18C (Hamilton)
Completion of a 38,000 word thesis regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.
LEGAL594Thesis18C (Hamilton)
Completion of a 50,000 word thesis regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LAWS800Law MPhil ThesisThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL800Law MPhil Thesis18C (Hamilton)
Completion of a 50,000 word thesis regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
LAWS900Law PhD ThesisThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS994SJD ThesisThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LAWS995Research PortfolioThis paper will not be taught in 2018
This paper will not be taught in 2018
LEGAL900Law PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
Completion of a 80,000 - 100,000 word thesis regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.
LEGAL994SJD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
Completion of a 60,000 word thesis regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.
LEGAL995Research Portfolio18C (Hamilton)
The production of two publishable quality research papers, and the production of a research proposal to the same level as a PhD proposal, regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.

Rogena Sterling After some changes in my personal circumstances, it was time to start a new challenge. I decided to study law. Initially, I planned to get my LLB and go to practice immediately afterward.

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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.



Contacts

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law

Law Reception
Phone: 0800 924 528 Ext: 4167 or +64 7 838 4167
Email: law.reception@waikato.ac.nz
Website:www.waikato.ac.nz/law
Opening hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Location: N Block, Gate 7, Hillcrest Road, University of Waikato, Hamilton