The University of Waikato’s Te Piringa – Faculty of Law is partnering with one of the top US law schools to offer double degrees in Master of Laws (LLM).
Waikato has negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding with the James E Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona which will see both institutions making available their respective LLM programmes to students recommended by the other partner.
“This is the first time in New Zealand history that students can pursue both a LLM here as well as one overseas in any country, let alone a leading law school in the USA,” says Professor Bradford Morse, Dean of law at Waikato.
Essentially, students studying in one university will gain advanced standing or cross credit a part of their first master’s qualification to the other, enabling them to obtain both LLM degrees in a shorter time with lower costs than they would by enrolling in the two degrees separately.
“Arizona is a very highly ranked US law school,” says Professor Morse. “We expect that this double masters opportunity will bring overseas students to Waikato, from the US, Canada and from Asia too, as well as being highly attractive to law graduates from anywhere in New Zealand.”
Professor Morse also says there’s a natural synergy between the specialisations offered by the two institutions. “We are a world leader in aspects of indigenous law, as is Arizona. We are also very strong in environmental and resource law, international human rights and other fields. International trade and business law is a highly popular choice for law graduates keen to work in government and larger law firms both inside and outside their home countries. Arizona possesses a specialised LLM in international trade and business law that will add considerably to our core expertise in this sector.”
He says for all students participating in the programme, having the double masters will be an ideal springboard to move on to higher degrees, such as a PhD or Doctor of Juridical Science, or to significantly enhance their legal careers.
“There will also be opportunities for staff to undertake exchanges, collaborative teaching and research,” Professor Morse says.
Te Piringa – Faculty of Law University of Waikato