Course details

Bachelor of Laws
NZQF Level 7

About the course

Study in one of the leading law schools in New Zealand. Look deeper to find out why laws are made, who made them, how they work and how to change them.

Entry requirements

There are two intakes for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) - in February and July each year.

To enrol in the Bachelor of Laws programme, you need to have gained University Entrance as well as satisfy additional requirements for entry to Law.

Additional Requirements for Entry to Law
NCEA Level 3 Certificate endorsed with Merit or Excellence
NCEA Level 3 and 18 or more Level 3 credits in a single literacy-rich subject (listed below), which may be included in NCEA Level 3.

History of Art, History, Health Education, Economics, Classical Studies, Business Studies, Drama, Biology, Earth and Space Science, Agriculture & Horticulture, Home Economics, English, Geography, Religious Studies, Social Studies, Te Reo Maori, Education, Latin, Media Studies

The Admissions Committee considers all applications on a case-by-case basis. You'll need to support your application with academic achievement, work experience, school and community involvement outlined in a written statement. Your personal statement should be up to 300 words.

If you don't meet the University Entrance requirements, please contact as there are other pathways that you can take to study in this field.

If you pass your first year at Waikato then you're guaranteed entry into the second year of your degree.

About the provider

The University of Waikato, located in the central North Island cities of Hamilton and Tauranga, is an internationally recognised tertiary institution offering degree programmes designed to produce job-ready graduates. Each year, the University provides more than 2,000 industry placements and internship opportunities, believing its students benefit from the chance to put the theory they have learnt in classrooms, into practice in a real-world employment environment.

When students choose to study at waikato, they gain a globally recognised education. In 2019, the QS World University Rankings placed the University of Waikato 266th in the world, an improvement of 135 places in five years. The University is also in the top 5% of all globally ranked institutions for research impact, meaning their research is among some of the most influential in the world.