Student life

Get involved with the Law Students’ Society, Nga Rangahautira/Maori Law Students’ Association and/or the Pacific Island Law Students’ Society.

Law Students’ Society

A message from the VUWLSS president:

The Victoria University of Wellington Law Students’ Society (VUWLSS) is one of the oldest student bodies on campus and exists solely to enhance and support the legal education of our members. We do this by focusing on education, competitions, socialising and advocacy for students.

Our educational involvement extends to organising study groups, mentoring programmes and seminars for our members, offering and promoting opportunities for legal education outside the classroom and advocating at faculty meetings for the interests of Law students.

Together with the New Zealand Law Students’ Association, we organise and implement a number of legal skills competitions. Not only are they a great chance for students to challenge themselves personally and develop important legal skills, but participants can also represent the University nationally and internationally—often at no cost to themselves.

We also provide an active social calendar to keep members engaged throughout the year. Events include the second-year Law camp, a wine and cheese night, t-shirt night, steins, cocktail night, the Law ball, sports matches, BBQs and more. These events add genuine value to your time at Law School, providing the opportunity to mingle with your peers, meet new people and, ultimately, take a very welcome break from study. For more information about the Society and how to become a member, go to VUWLSS or alternatively follow us on Facebook at

VUWLSS Executive 2020

  • President: Jugjeet Singh
  • Vice President Finances: Rianna Maxwell
  • Vice President Administration: Atanas Tomovski
  • Social Officers: Giulia Wiesmann  and Gina Green
  • Education Officers: Hannah Jones and Billie Haddleton
  • Competitions Officers: Francesca Wilson and Rita Shasha
  • Publications: Keryn Tubbs
  • Sponsorship and Careers: Dan Smith
  • Second Year Representative: John Sibanda
  • Equity and Wellbeing Officers: Katie Quirke-Luping and Millie Osborne

Ngā Rangahautira/Maori Law Students’ Association

A message from the Ngā Rangahautira president

Ko Ngā Rangahautira tētahi rōpū e tautoko ana i ngā mahi a ngā akonga Māori e whai ana i te tohu ture. Ko ngā mahi a Ngā Rangahautira, he tautoko, he akiaki i ngā akonga ki te whai i tēnei rākau ture a te Pākehā. He rōpū āwhina, tautoko i ngā akonga Māori ki te whakanui i tō tātou Māoritanga i roto i te ture.

Ngā Rangahautira (NR) is the Māori Law Students’ Association at Victoria University of Wellington. Its primary focus is to assist Māori law students with their studies at law school by fostering a commitment to tikanga Māori and ngā ture Pākehā. As a Māori student completing an LLB, you can be elected as a representative on the Executive Committee. The Committee aims to provide a fun and safe whānau environment that increases awareness and understanding of Māori issues that are encountered at Law School. To do so, Māori students are encouraged to participate in events run by Ngā Rangahautira, which include the First Year Event, Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, sports day, BYOs, alumni breakfast and an internal mooting competition.

Ngā Rangahautira has wide-reaching support from the Wellington legal and political community. This includes our alumni who are involved in different facets of the professional world and keep in close contact with us on both a social and professional level.

Every year, Ngā Rangahautira works towards actively participating in Te Hunga Rōia, the Māori Lawyers’ Conference where Māori law students from all over the country gather to interact with lawyers, judges, academics, politicians and each other. Ngā Rangahautira actively encourages new law students, who are Māori, to participate and be guided through an exploration of their Māoritanga in the law. Once a member of Ngā Rangahautira, always a member of Ngā Rangahautira.


Ngā Rangahautira Inc/Māori Law Students’ Association
Room 140 C, Old Government Buildings 
Phone: 04 463 6329

Pacific Island Law Students’ Society (PILSS)

PILSS was established by students with the aim of encouraging and maintaining Pasifika success and growth within the Faculty of Law while providing a social and supportive environment. We work together on initiatives with the Pasifika law coordinator to aid our goal and aims, and to ensure a student voice is being heard.

PILSS also organises and takes part in a number of social and academic events throughout the year—one of them being an annual law conference in which students have the opportunity to participate in mooting and present papers on topics of their choice. PILSS is a great opportunity to meet other students from a similar cultural background not only within Victoria University of Wellington, but from other universities as well. PILSS helps promote Pasifika ideals within the Faculty and, in its role as a representative body, is affiliated to the Victoria University of Wellington Students’ Association.