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Welcome from the Dean

Introduction from Acting Dean of Law, Professor Petra Butler

Acting Dean, Professor Petra Butler
Acting Dean, Professor Petra Butler

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and Wellington city are hubs of creativity, diversity and innovative ideas. Our capital city is also a hive of legal activity providing many opportunities to witness and to gain first-hand experience for anyone who wants to study Law.

As a law student at the University, you are a valued member of the Te Kauhanganui Tātai Ture—Faculty of Law whānau. We are a compassionate, enthusiastic, and diverse community of students, faculty, and alumni.

Your study is supported and enriched by an expert Faculty who is passionate about passing on valuable insights and encouraging a thirst for knowledge. You will be part of an environment that fosters critical thinking and robust discussion over issues important to today’s society.

Students studying law in Wellington will gain an understanding of how the law is used, upheld and created in our society, learn more about the role of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tikanga, study the plurilegal systems of our Pacific Island neighbours and acquire a curious mind ready for problem-solving and asking those burning, challenging questions necessary to create a better future for everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our students value and enjoy the act of learning and see themselves as being part of the life-long academic endeavour.

The career prospects for our students go beyond the legal sphere into business, government, the community, the creative arts, universities, and much more. We offer opportunities to make connections and have experiences you won't find anywhere else.

As part of an active student community, like-minded individuals can take advantage of the numerous social events, educational development opportunities and career advice evenings facilitated by our student-run groups. Students are able to navigate through their degree with the support of groups such as Victoria University of Wellington Law Students’ Society (VUWLSS), Ngā Rangahuatira (the Māori Law Students’ Society), the Pasifika Law Students’ Society (PLSS), the Asian Law Students’ Society (ALSS), the Rainbow Law Students’ Society (RLSS) and the Feminist Law Society (FLS). You will create fond memories, firm friendships and skills for life in an environment where you can learn, challenge, question, grow, and thrive.

We have academics who not only teach but practice law while invigorating the next generation of lawmakers and keepers of the law. With a reputation of excellence, academics from all over the world have become part of our diverse group of distinguished Faculty. The Faculty of Law is hailed as a hub of legal research that garners local and international recognition. Our Faculty are experts in their fields and initiate legal debate on current issues. A focus on innovative teaching helps us to empower our students to demonstrate, in the context of legal studies, intellectual autonomy, independence of thought, openness to new ideas, and a capacity to manage their own learning.

Our Faculty is placed right at the heart of New Zealand’s legal district—opposite the Beehive and Parliament and surrounded by the Supreme Court on one side, the High Court on the other with other government buildings and law firms a stone throw away. Hence there is legal inspiration and opportunities right at our doorstep.

Our graduates go on to prestigious domestic and international careers and continue to make important contributions to the law, to legal thinking, and to our society. We are proud of the accomplishments of our alumni community and relish the opportunity to share their successes. Our alumni are teaching, involved in cutting-edge research, working in both private and public service, are Members of Parliament, in-house lawyers, involved in creative fields, working in law firms, and within the judiciary. They play an important role in inspiring current students and recent graduates, and aid in broadening their career aspirations.

Law is a constantly developing field that can affect almost all aspects of our lives. Join our whānau and our global network through the experiences and opportunities presented through a Law degree from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

Get in touch with us, or visit our beautiful heritage building.

Professor Petra Butler
Acting Dean of Law
Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington