The course aims to provide a foundation in the skills of legal method, comprising case analysis, statutory interpretation and legal reasoning. It also introduces , and gives a descriptive outline of, the legal systems in New Zealand and England, including the structure of the courts, the sources of law, the classification of substantive law, dispute resolution and legal services.
The objectives of Laws 101 are:
• To introduce you to the framework of the law, the techniques of legal reasoning and the analysis of legal materials;
• To provide you with practice in case analysis and feedback on your progress through the tutorial programme;
• To familiarise you with New Zealand's contemporary legal institutions; and
• To interest you in current issues of importance to the New Zealand Legal System.
A successful student will, by the end of this course, be able to demonstrate an understanding of legal institutions, including:
• The structure of the New Zealand courts;
• The role of legal services in the legal system; and
• The role of dispute resolution in the legal system.
A successful student will also be able to demonstrate competence in legal method, including:
• Case Analysis;
• Statutory Interpretation; and
• Legal Reasoning.
The stipulated rooms have only sufficient seats for students allocated for each lecture stream at enrolment. Serious seating problems will arise if students arbitrarily shift streams.
Tutorials in Laws 101 will be held according to the timetable in the "Laws 101 Tutorial Book". Tutorials will commence during the week beginning on Monday 7 March.
02 Jun 2011
27 Jul 2011
05 Sep 2011
Final Examination 1
Final Examination 2
Each student’s final mark is arrived at by a combination of marks for in-term assessment(s) and the final examinations.
In-term Assessments -
It is compulsory to complete at least two of three in-term assessments. The best (or only) two assessment will contribute up to 20% (10% each) of the final mark for the course.
• Two In-term Tests will be held as follows:
TEST 1 Thursday 2 June 6.00pm - 8.00pm.
TEST 2 Monday 5 September 6.00pm - 8.00pm.
• One Essay of not more than 1700 words, including footnotes, on a topic to be announced. The essay will be due on Wednesday 27 July at 12.00 Noon.
Although students may choose to do only two assessments, students are strongly recommended to do all three. If a student does the 3rd assessment, it will also contribute up to a further 10% of the total course assessment if the effect will be to improve a student's final mark, for example:
A student completes all three pieces of in-term assessment and sits both final examinations. Over the course of the year the student is awarded the following grades for the in-term assessments: C+, B & A. For the two final examinations the student is awarded a combined grade of a B-. The marks for the in-term “A” and “B” grades automatically contribute up to 20% of the student’s final result. The “C+” does not count because it is lower than the examination grade. In the case of this student the final examinations count for 80% of the final result and the in-term assessments count for 20%.
Each item of in-term assessment may be submitted only once. There is no system for re-submitting in-term assessment work.
No Aegrotat Consideration For In-term Assessments -
A student may not apply for aegrotat consideration for the in-term Essay and Tests as these in-term assessments are excluded from aegrotat consideration.
Final examinations -
The final examinations will count for a maximum of 90% and a minimum of 70% of the final mark. At the end of the year students will be examined in TWO papers, the first paper being of three hours’ duration, and the second paper being of two hours duration.
Students will be advised of the dates of the two examinations after the commencement of Semester Two.
NOTE: The division of the class into lecture streams is in no way related to the two examination papers - all students are required to sit both final examinations.
The examinations will test students' skills and knowledge. Examination papers from previous years are held in the Law Library.
NOTE: Assignments, tests and examinations will be assessed only once. Resubmissions or resits are not permitted.
Examination and Formal Tests
Scragg, Richard J;
The principles of legal method in New Zealand;
Oxford University Press, 2008.
Webb, Duncan et al;
The New Zealand legal system : structures and processes;
Burrows, J F and Carter, R I;
Statute Law in New Zealand;
Krever, Richard E. , Barkehall Thomas, Susan;
Mastering law studies and law exam techniques;
LexisNexis Butterworths, 2006.
Law alive : the New Zealand legal system in context;
Oxford University Press, 2009.
Spiller, Peter. , Hinde, M. S., Hinde, G. W;
Butterworths New Zealand law dictionary;
LexisNexis NZ, 2005.
Williams, Glanville Llewelyn , Smith, A. T. H;
Glanville Williams - learning the law;
14th ed. ;
Sweet & Maxwell /Thomson Reuters, 2010.
Successful completion of this course makes students eligible for consideration for selection for Laws 200 courses.
For further information see
School of Law.
All LAWS101 Occurrences
Whole Year 2011