LAWS110-14S1 (C) Semester One 2014

Legal System: Research, Writing and Legal Foundations

15 points
24 Feb 2014 - 29 Jun 2014

Description

The course aims to provide a foundation in the skills of legal research and legal writing together with an academic grounding in topics fundamental to the New Zealand legal system. The course will involve training by way of proactive exercises in legal research and legal writing. It will also examine the historical development of New Zealand's legal system, fundamental constitutional doctrines and the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi within the New Zealand legal system. The examination of the Treaty of Waitangi will be in a context of Maori customary law and Maori rights under the New Zealand legal system.

The objectives of Laws 110 are:
•  To provide you with a foundation in the skills of legal research and writing;
•  To provide you with practice in using law-specific databases to engage in legal research;
•  To introduce you to the legal issues relating to Maori rights under the New Zealand legal system, and the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi; and
•  To introduce you to the historical development of New Zealand’s legal institutions and constitution.

Learning Outcomes

  • A successful student will, by the end of this course, be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
  •  The legal significance of the Treaty of Waitangi, and its role in New Zealand society;
  •  The history of both the English and New Zealand legal systems, and the relevance of this history to the modern New Zealand system; and
  •  New Zealand’s constitutional doctrines.

    A successful student will also be able to demonstrate competence in:
  •  Legal research, using a variety of primary and secondary sources; and
  •  Legal writing.

Co-requisites

Lectures
Streams Day Time Where Notes
Stream 01 Tuesday , Wednesday 10:00am-11:00am A2 Lecture Theatre 19 May - 8 Jun
Friday 10:00am-11:00am C3 Lecture Theatre 19 May - 8 Jun
or Stream 02 Tuesday , Wednesday 12:00pm-1:00pm C3 Lecture Theatre 19 May - 8 Jun
Friday 12:00pm-1:00pm A2 Lecture Theatre 19 May - 8 Jun

Tutorials
Streams Day Time Where Notes
Stream 01 Monday 1:00pm-2:00pm Kirkwood KB04 Computer Lab 24 Mar - 30 Mar,
7 Apr - 13 Apr
1:00pm-2:00pm Psychology - Sociology 151 10 Mar - 23 Mar,
5 May - 11 May
Stream 02 Monday 1:00pm-2:00pm Kirkwood KC03 Computer Lab 24 Mar - 30 Mar,
7 Apr - 13 Apr
1:00pm-2:00pm Kirkwood KH05 10 Mar - 23 Mar,
5 May - 11 May
Stream 03 Wednesday 11:00am-12:00pm Kirkwood KC03 Computer Lab 24 Mar - 30 Mar,
7 Apr - 13 Apr
11:00am-12:00pm Kirkwood KH07 10 Mar - 23 Mar,
5 May - 11 May
Stream 04 Wednesday 11:00am-12:00pm Kirkwood KA04 10 Mar - 23 Mar,
5 May - 11 May
11:00am-12:00pm Kirkwood KB04 Computer Lab 24 Mar - 30 Mar,
7 Apr - 13 Apr
Stream 05 Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm Kirkwood KH07 10 Mar - 23 Mar,
5 May - 11 May
1:00pm-2:00pm Kirkwood KJ02 101, Kirkwood KJ03 101 24 Mar - 30 Mar,
7 Apr - 13 Apr
Stream 06 Wednesday 1:00pm-2:00pm Kirkwood KC03 Computer Lab 24 Mar - 30 Mar,
7 Apr - 13 Apr
1:00pm-2:00pm Kirkwood KF07 10 Mar - 23 Mar,
5 May - 11 May
Stream 07 Wednesday 2:00pm-3:00pm Kirkwood KC03 Computer Lab 24 Mar - 30 Mar,
7 Apr - 13 Apr
2:00pm-3:00pm Kirkwood KC06 10 Mar - 23 Mar,
5 May - 11 May
Stream 08 Wednesday 2:00pm-3:00pm Kirkwood KB04 Computer Lab 24 Mar - 30 Mar,
7 Apr - 13 Apr
2:00pm-3:00pm Psychology - Sociology 151 10 Mar - 23 Mar,
5 May - 11 May
Stream 09 Thursday 1:00pm-2:00pm Kirkwood KC03 Computer Lab 24 Mar - 30 Mar,
7 Apr - 13 Apr
1:00pm-2:00pm Kirkwood KG06 10 Mar - 23 Mar,
5 May - 11 May
Stream 10 Thursday 1:00pm-2:00pm Kirkwood KF07 10 Mar - 23 Mar,
5 May - 11 May
1:00pm-2:00pm Kirkwood KJ02 101, Kirkwood KJ03 101 24 Mar - 30 Mar,
7 Apr - 13 Apr
Stream 11 Thursday 3:00pm-4:00pm Kirkwood KC03 Computer Lab 24 Mar - 30 Mar,
7 Apr - 13 Apr
3:00pm-4:00pm Kirkwood KC06 10 Mar - 23 Mar,
5 May - 11 May
Stream 12 Thursday 3:00pm-4:00pm Kirkwood KB04 Computer Lab 24 Mar - 30 Mar,
7 Apr - 13 Apr
3:00pm-4:00pm Kirkwood KH03 10 Mar - 23 Mar,
5 May - 11 May

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.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Sascha Mueller

Lecturers

Chris Gallavin , Natalie Baird and Moka Ritchie

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 02 Apr 2014 10% Essay One
Library Research Exercise 07 May 2014 10% Online Library Assignment
Essay 21 May 2014 20% Essay Two
Final Examination 60% Final Examination


Each student’s final mark is arrived at by a combination of marks for in-term assessments and the final examinations.  The assessment and percentages of the assessments 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.

No Aegrotat Consideration for In-term Assessments -
A student may not apply for aegrotat consideration for in-term assessments.

Final Examination -
The final examination will count for a percentage of the final mark.  The examination will be 2 hours long.  Students will be advised of the date of the examination after the commencement of the academic year.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Joseph, Philip A; Constitutional & administrative law in New Zealand; 3rd ed; Thomson/Brookers, 2007.

Krever, Richard E., Barkehall Thomas, Susan; Mastering law studies and law exam techniques; 7th ed; LexisNexis Butterworths, 2011.

Miller, Raymond; New Zealand government and politics; 5th ed; Oxford University Press, 2010.

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

Mulgan, R. G. , Aimer, Peter; Politics in New Zealand; 3rd ed. ; Auckland University Press, 2004.

Orange, Claudia; An illustrated history of the Treaty of Waitangi; Bridget Williams Books, 2004.

Palmer, G. W. R. , Palmer, Matthew; Bridled power : New Zealand's constitution and government; 4th ed; Oxford University Press, 2004.

Spiller, Peter. , Finn, Jeremy., Boast, Richard; A New Zealand legal history; 2nd ed; Brookers, 2001.

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.

Course links

Library portal

Notes

Successful completion of this course makes students eligible for consideration for selection for Laws 200 courses.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $709.00

International fee $3,388.00

* 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.

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