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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.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
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.
Lecturers in the course in recent years have included the above lecturers.
Assessment in LAWS101 is subject to the New Zealand Council of Legal Education's Guidelines issued pursuant to the Professional Examination in Law Regulations 2008. The NZCLE requires there must be a final examination that counts for no less than 60% of the final grade for the course.Recently, LAWS101 has been assessed by way of online quizzes, tutorial attendance, two tests and one final examination. Assessment details will be confirmed in the first week of lectures. The first test will be held in the mid-year examination period - date to be advised. The second test will take place in the first two weeks of Term 4 - date to be advised (evening test, commencing at 6.30pm).NOTE: Assignments, tests and examinations will be assessed only once. Resubmissions or resits are not permitted.
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 Law: Foundations and Method
Thomson Reuters, 2018.
Scragg, Richard J.1948- , Scragg, Richard J;
The principles of legal method in New Zealand
Thomson Reuters, 2016.
New Zealand law dictionary
Webb, Duncan , Ruru, Jacinta, Scott, Paul;
The New Zealand legal system : structures and processes
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 $1,612.00
International fee $7,550.00
* 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