Delivering legal knowledge – with independence, quality and enduring impact.

The Law Foundation develops legal expertise on major and emerging public policy issues through its grants programme.  We provide grants for legal research, public education on legal matters and legal training.  We operate a Research and General Grants Programme, and award a variety of Legal Scholarships each year. How to Apply

Our scholarships, fellowships and prizes are awarded for legal research, outstanding legal scholarship and service to the legal profession.  The most prestigious of these is our International Research Fellowship, New Zealand’s premier legal research award, worth $125,000.  The Foundation also awards a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship to bring outstanding international scholars to New Zealand.

The Foundation fulfils a unique and important role in New Zealand’s political and social development.  Many of our funded projects have delivered ground-breaking legal research.  We are proud of the success of the work we have funded.