Legal System: Research, Writing and Legal Foundations
The course aims to provide a foundation in the skills of legal research and legal writing together with an academic grounding in topics fundamental to the New Zealand legal system. The course will involve training by way of proactive exercises in legal research and legal writing. It will also examine the historical development of New Zealand's legal system, fundamental constitutional doctrines and the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi within the New Zealand legal system. The examination of the Treaty of Waitangi will be in a context of Maori customary law and Maori rights under the New Zealand legal system.