Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

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    4 Year Full Time
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    Course Type
    Bachelor Degree
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    On Campus
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About Course

Lawyers and judges will be involved in teaching and assessing your law assignments and will provide you with valuable feedback. This sort of contact with the profession will stand you in good stead when you come to apply for a full-time job.

Practical experience

At Waikato, you’ll get to practice skills you need to succeed in the profession – whether it’s interviewing a client, making a case in court, negotiating settlement for a client, or drafting a required contract to perfect a merger.

You’ll analyse how law operates in local, national and global contexts and learn to consider the business practices of financial markets, corporations, national and local government, trusts and iwi.


There are plenty of opportunities for you to apply your practical experience to real-life problems. From your second year onward in the law degree, you’ll have the opportunity to gain work experience at the Hamilton District Community Law Centre, Police Prosecution Office, Defence Office, several city and regional councils, law firms and other organisations. You’ll also be eligible for the National Summer Clerking Employment Programme.

Taught by New Zealand’s leading legal advisors

The Bachelor of Laws is taught by some of New Zealand’s leading scholars, who advise to governments, businesses and non-governmental organisations.

Practicing Law in New Zealand

The Waikato Bachelor of Laws degree is approved by the New Zealand Council of Legal Education (NZCLE). So, after graduating with your degree, you’ll be eligible to complete the Professional Legal Studies (PLS) course to be admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor to practice law in New Zealand. The Professional Legal Studies course can be completed at the Institute of Legal Studies (IPLS) or the College of Law New Zealand.

Personalise your law degree with a second major

The Bachelor of Laws degree requires you to choose law as a major subject. However, you can choose to take a second major in almost any other undergraduate subject offered at the University of Waikato, such as Computer Science or Human Resource Management. Talk to our friendly administration staff to tailor your law degree to your interests.

You can study a broad range of optional law papers including:

Competition law
Corporate securities and finance
Employment law
Environmental law

Family law
Human rights
Intellectual property
International trade
Law and information technology
Maori land law
Natural resources law
Public international law
The Treaty of Waitangi in contemporary Aotearoa / New Zealand
Career opportunities


Policy Analyst & Advisor
Board Member for Iwi or other organisations
Legal scholar
Business owner
Human Resource personnel
Mediator and Negotiator
Graduate study options

Master of Laws (LLM)
Master of Laws in Maori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples Law (LLM M?ori/Pacific & Indigenous Peoples')
Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
If you have already gained a Bachelor degree in a subject other than law, you may be interested in our Graduate
Diploma in Dispute Resolution (GradDipDr).

Higher legal research degrees

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)
Doctor of Philosophy Law (PhD (Law))
Doctor of Laws (LLD)
Note: First and second-year only law papers are offered in Tauranga as a part of the Diploma in Law (DipLaw).

Eligibility Criteria

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

You can apply if you have international academic qualification equivalent to NCEA University Entrance. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more details, please visit university website.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The University's English language entry requirements are: IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - 58 with no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Waikato Pathways - Successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (CAAE) programme.

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