A qualification in law is an asset for many careers including those not directly related to law. The knowledge and skills developed through our Diploma in Law are relevant in:
- business management
- human resources
- local and central government
- the voluntary sector
- Māori governance
How it works?
Typically a Diploma in Law takes two years to complete studying part-time.
The programme is offered through a combination of online lectures and in-class tutorials. Tutorials are an integral part of the programme. They are run in small groups of up to 30 students and are held in Hamilton and Tauranga. Evening options are available.
You will have access to all resources available to Te Piringa - Faculty of Law students including the online library, mentoring programme, internship opportunities, competitions and scholarships. You will be supported by experienced tutors and our academic staff.
Credit towards a Bachelor of Laws
Once you successfully complete your Diploma in Law, you will have guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme and your Diploma papers will be credited towards the first and second years of your LLB programme at Waikato.
The LLB degree is only offered at the Hamilton campus. However, you may be able to complete some elective papers in Tauranga. Please see degree structure tab and list of papers offered in Tauranga by Waikato University or Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.
Practical skills and experience
Throughout this diploma, you'll gain strong research and analytical skills as well as become an excellent problem-solver.
You'll learn how to construct legal arguments and form legal opinions. You will create legal documents and learn the principles of forming a contract. You'll develop your capacity to manage your own learning with our expert guidance provided through practical workshops and tutorials.
As a student of our Diploma in Law programme you can apply for all opportunities available to our students including internship and clerkship opportunities; as well as negotiation, mooting, client interviewing, witness examination and other competitions.
Law Student for a Night
If you are interested in the Diploma in Law qualification, but not sure if it'll work for you, come to our Law Student for a Night event. It is designed with mature students in mind and will give you a taste of what studying law at Waikato is like.
The programme for the nigh includes:
- You'll attend a mini-lecture
- You'll find out more about the Diploma in Law qualification
- You'll try your skills during a negotiations workshop
- You'll have an opportunity to talk to our students, graduates and staff.
For 2017 dates and to register to attend, please visit Law Student for a Night page.
If you are under 20 years of age, another event called Law Student for a Day may better suit you. To register to attend, visit Law Student for a Day.