LAWS348-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Research Project

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


Note: Students must have a B average in LAWS courses in order to enrol in this course.

LAWS348 involves you writing a 7000 word research essay on an agreed topic supervised by a member of the academic staff.

Students considering enrolling in Laws 348 should first consult the Course Coordinator, Natalie Baird.

Note: A “B” average is required in order for students to be eligible to enrol in LAWS348. Students must have completed or be completing Laws 200 level courses and LAWS301. Students must also have undertaken at least one Group E Laws 300 level course.

Learning Outcomes

  • The objectives for the LAWS 348 course are for students to be able to demonstrate that they can:
  • Identify a research question suitable for exploration in a 7000 word research paper.
  • Plan a programme of research using a suitable research methodology.
  • Work both independently and with the supervisor of their research paper.
  • Produce a 7000 word research paper on a legal topic which, in turn, demonstrates that they can:
    * locate, use and refer to primary and secondary sources relevant to the topic of the paper;
    * synthesise information from a number of different sources to construct their own understanding and/or shape their own viewpoint;
    *critically evaluate information and/or formulate and test arguments;
    * provide an appropriate answer to their identified research question;
    * write clearly and in a manner that follows the writing conventions set out in the New Zealand Law Style Guide;
    * present information using a clear and logical structure;
    * use the numbering system set out in the New Zealand Law Style Guide; and
    * construct a bibliography following the formatting requirements set out in the New Zealand Law Style Guide.
  • Manage their time in order to meet any requirements set by their supervisors and assessment deadlines.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      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.


Head of Department permission mandatory


LAWS379 (prior to 2006)


Course Coordinator

Natalie Baird


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Research Proposal 23 Mar 2022
Draft Research Paper 04 May 2022
Final Research Paper 01 Jun 2022 100%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

R. Scragg (ed); Legal Writing: A Complete Guide for a Career in Law ; LexisNexis, 2015.

Russell, Mary-Rose et al; Legal research in New Zealand ; LexisNexis NZ Limited, 2016.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $845.00

International fee $4,313.00

* 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 .

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