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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.TUTORIALSTutorials in Laws 101 will be held according to the timetable in the "Laws 101 Tutorial Book". Enrolment in Tutorials will be advised via email closer to the start of the course.
, Karen Scott
, Simon Dorset
, David Rowe
and Che Ekaratne
Each student’s final mark is arrived at by a combination of marks for in-term assessment(s) and the final examinations. The assessment details will be advised at the commencement of the course.NOTE: Assignments, tests and examinations will be assessed only once. Resubmissions or resits are not permitted.
Scragg, Richard J;
The principles of legal method in New Zealand;
Oxford University Press, 2008.
Burrows, J F and Carter, R I;
Statute Law in New Zealand;
Krever, Richard E., Barkehall Thomas, Susan;
Master law studies and law exam techiques;
LexisNexis NZ, 2011.
Law alive : the New Zealand legal system in context;
Oxford University Press, 2012.
The Treaty of Waitangi;
Bridget Williams Books, 2011.
Spiller, Peter., Hinde, M.S., Hinde, G.W;
Butterworths New Zealand law dictionary;
LexisNexis NZ, 2011.
Webb, Duncan et al;
The New Zealand legal system : structures and processes;
Williams, Glanville Llewelyn , Smith, A. T. H;
Glanville Williams - learning the law;
14th ed. ;
Sweet & Maxwell /Thomson Reuters, 2010.
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Successful completion of this course makes students eligible for consideration for selection for Laws 200 courses.
Domestic fee $1,363.00
International fee $6,525.00
* 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.