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About Diploma in Law at University of Waikato

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:

  • finance
  • business management
  • human resources
  • education
  • 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.

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Entry requirements

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    Billy completed a BSc in Earth Sciences before beginning an MSc in 2013, with a focus on geology.

    "The flexible BSc course structure and passionate lecturers have allowed for more one-on-one time with staff and more feedback on assignments. I believe I wouldn't be where I am today without that additional help," says Billy.

    Some memorable field trips have included a six day excursion to the Hawke's Bay for a sedimentary geology paper and a trip to the GNS Science Wairakei Research Centre for a volcanic geochemistry paper.

    "Both of these field trips and all the other practical activities and applied research I have undertaken at Waikato have given me a valuable insight into the tasks that I could expect to encounter in industry. I have no doubt that these experiences will give me a head-start career-wise."

    A School of Science Masters Research Scholarship in late in 2013 helped kick-start Billy's masters study. Now undertaking research in volcanic geology and gold mineralisation, Billy has been fortunate to work with an international mining corporation and is now trained to use a range of Waikato's excellent laboratory facilities specific to his research.

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    Originally from Taumarunui, he is now half-way through completing his MECom degree online, while continuing to work full-time as a product architect at Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, a global IT firm in Wellington.

    Since graduating from a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce in 2008, Waylon quickly found work as a business analyst, and his career has gone from strength to strength.

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    Last year Waylon decided he wanted to “beef up” his academic credentials, be exposed to the latest ideas in e-commerce technologies, and gain an internationally-recognised master’s degree that offers a passport to working overseas.

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    Waylon says his favourite paper was ‘MCOM502 - Managing Virtual Teams’, as it helped him understand how to communicate better with members of his own development team at Hexagon; some of whom are based in India and the United States.

    For the professional field internship paper, MSYS519, Waylon spent 10 weeks working on a variety of small research projects for Contact Energy, his former employer.

    “The internship is really designed to kick-start your career in e-commerce and help solidify your knowledge base, which is great for people who are new to this field.”

    “If you’re already working in e-commerce, it gives you permission to research a topic in-depth that you’ve been thinking about for some time, because you have to write a 10,000 word report at the end of it.”

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