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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.
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.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 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.
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.
R Krever and others;
Mastering law studies and law exam techniques
LexisNexis, Butterworths, Chatswood, 2014.
S Penk & M-R Russell;
New Zealand Legal Method Handbook
Thomson Reuters, 2014.
Scragg, Richard J;
The principles of legal method in New Zealand
Oxford University Press, 2009.
Spiller, Peter. , Hinde, G. W;
Butterworths New Zealand law dictionary
7th ed. of Hinde & Hinde's law dictionary ;
LexisNexis NZ, 2011.
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.
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Successful completion of this course makes students eligible for consideration for selection for Laws 200 courses.
Domestic fee $1,549.00
International fee $7,050.00
* 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