LAWS101-18W (C) Whole Year 2018

Legal System: Legal Method and Institutions

30 points, 0.2500 EFTS
19 Feb 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

Description

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.

Learning Outcomes

A successful student will, by the end of this course, be able to demonstrate an understanding of the New Zealand legal system, including the:

  • sources of law;
  • structure of the courts;
  • role of legal services;
  • role of dispute resolution;
  • impact of English law and international law;
  • and of the techniques of case analysis, statutory interpretation and legal reasoning.

Co-requisites

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 A1 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 A1 Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 Warehouse Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Warehouse Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Warehouse Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 Warehouse Lecture Theatre 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 3 Jun
16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Timetable Note

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 will be held in LAWS101. Information regarding the timetable and tutorial enrolment will be made available via email at the start of the course.

Assessment

Assessment in LAWS101 is subject to the New Zealand Council of Legal Education's Guidelines issued pursuant to the Professional Examination in Law Regulations 2008. The NZCLE requires there must be a final examination that counts for no less than 60% of the final grade for the course.

Normally, LAWS101 is assessed by way of online quizzes, tutorial attendance, two tests and one final examination.

Assessment details will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

NOTE: Assignments, tests and examinations will be assessed only once. Resubmissions or resits are not permitted.

Textbooks

Recommended Reading

G Morris; Law Alive: The New Zealand Legal System in Context; 3rd ed; Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2015.

R Krever and others; Mastering law studies and law exam techniques; 8th ed; LexisNexis, Butterworths, Chatswood, 2014.

S Penk & M-R Russell; New Zealand Legal Method Handbook; Thomson Reuters, 2014.

Scragg, Richard J.1948- , Scragg, Richard J; The principles of legal method in New Zealand; 3rd edition; Thomson Reuters, 2016.

Spiller, Peter; New Zealand law dictionary; Eighth edition;

Webb, Duncan , Ruru, Jacinta, Scott, Paul; The New Zealand legal system : structures and processes; 6th edition;

All recommended texts will be available in the library. Students are not required to purchase texts.  The course coordinator will provide an introduction to the recommended texts at the start of the course.

Notes

Successful completion of this course makes students eligible for consideration for selection for Laws 200 courses.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,580.00

International fee $7,775.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Law.

All LAWS101 Occurrences

  • LAWS101-18W (C) Whole Year 2018