LAWS101-14W (C) Whole Year 2014

Legal System: Legal Method and Institutions

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 24 February 2014
End Date: Sunday, 16 November 2014
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 7 March 2014
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 5 September 2014


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.


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 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.


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Mid-Year Test One 15%
Mid-Year Test Two 19 Aug 2014 15%
Online Quiz One 5%
Online Quiz Two 5%
Final Examination 60%

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.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Scragg, Richard J; The principles of legal method in New Zealand ; 2nd ed; Oxford University Press, 2008.

Recommended Reading

Burrows, J F and Carter, R I; Statute Law in New Zealand ; 4th ed; LexisNexis, 2009.

Krever, Richard E., Barkehall Thomas, Susan; Master law studies and law exam techiques ; 7th ed; LexisNexis NZ, 2011.

Morris, Grant; Law alive : the New Zealand legal system in context ; 2nd ed; Oxford University Press, 2012.

Orange, Claudia; The Treaty of Waitangi ; Bridget Williams Books, 2011.

Spiller, Peter., Hinde, M.S., Hinde, G.W; Butterworths New Zealand law dictionary ; 7th ed; LexisNexis NZ, 2011.

Webb, Duncan et al; The New Zealand legal system : structures and processes ; 5th ed; LexisNexis, 2010.

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.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,418.00

International fee $6,775.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS101 Occurrences

  • LAWS101-14W (C) Whole Year 2014