Course details

Graduate Diploma in Law
Domestic tuition $6,462 per year
International tuition $27,980
NZQF Level 7

About the course

Convert your overseas law degree or gain an equivalent of a second major to your non-law bachelor's degree with a Graduate Diploma in Law.

This law diploma will add value in your workplace and provide the opportunity to hone your legal knowledge and skills. You'll get to choose the papers you want to do and focus on what's really important in your career. Select Contract Law and Commercial Transactions Law; or focus on Dispute Resolution, Mediation or Property Issues in Family Law.

All level 100 to 400 papers are available to you. Some papers are offered during Summer School and could be completed within four to eight weeks. Choose from the list of all law papers offered in 2017.

The GradDipLaw would also suit New Zealand law graduates who are seeking to enhance their knowledge of the law by studying papers in new areas. This programme meets the requirements of the New Zealand Law Society’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Entry requirements

To be accepted into the Graduate Diploma in Law programme, you need to have:

  • completed a bachelor's degree at the University of Waikato or an equivalent qualification at another university; or
  • demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Academic Board that you have adequate training, experience and ability to proceed with the proposed programme.

In exceptional circumstances, candidates who do not meet these requirements, but who have proven record of academic merit and relevant experience may be accepted into the programme. The Academic Board may require you to complete any qualifying papers that could be completed either prior to or concurrently.

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.


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