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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.
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.
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.
, Natalie Baird
and Moka Ritchie
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.
Joseph, Philip A;
Constitutional & administrative law in New Zealand;
Krever, Richard E., Barkehall Thomas, Susan;
Mastering law studies and law exam techniques;
LexisNexis Butterworths, 2011.
New Zealand government and politics;
Oxford University Press, 2010.
Law alive : the New Zealand legal system in context;
Oxford University Press, 2012.
Mulgan, R. G. , Aimer, Peter;
Politics in New Zealand;
3rd ed. ;
Auckland University Press, 2004.
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;
Oxford University Press, 2004.
Spiller, Peter. , Finn, Jeremy., Boast, Richard;
A New Zealand legal history;
Spiller, Peter., Hinde, M.S., Hinde, G.W;
Butterworths New Zealand law dictionary;
LexisNexis NZ, 2011.
Webb, Duncan et al;
The New Zealand legal system : structures and processes;
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.
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.