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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 provide an introduction to:• New Zealand's domestic and international legal framework; • New Zealand's contemporary legal institutions; and • the techniques of case analysis, statutory interpretation and legal reasoning.
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.
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.
, Che Ekaratne
, Henry Holderness
, Karen Scott
and Debra Wilson
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.
An Introduction to International Law;
LexisNexis, Wellington, 2006.
D Webb, K Sanders & P Scott;
The New Zealand legal system: structures and processes;
LexisNexis, Wellington, 2010.
Law Alive: The New Zealand Legal System in Context;
Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2015.
J Burrows & R Carter;
Statute Law in New Zealand;
LexisNexis, Wellington, 2009.
Pyrmont, Thomson Reuters, 2010.
R Krever and others;
Mastering law studies and law exam techniques;
LexisNexis, Butterworths, Chatswood, 2014.
The principles of legal method in New Zealand;
Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, 2009.
R Scragg (ed);
Legal Writing: A Complete Guide for a Career in Law;
S Penk & M-R Russell;
New Zealand Legal Method Handbook;
Thomson Reuters, 2014.
How to Write Law Essays and Exams;
Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014.
All recommended texts will be available in the library. Students are not required to purchase any particular text. The course co-ordinator will provide an introduction to the recommended texts at the start of the course.
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Successful completion of this course makes students eligible for consideration for selection for Laws 200 courses.
Domestic fee $1,475.00
International fee $6,900.00
* 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.