Courses - Faculty of Law


Law

Stage I

LAW 121G
15 Points

Law and Society

An introduction to theories of the nature, functions and origins of law and legal systems, including sources of law; comparative concepts of law; an overview of constitutional and legal arrangements in New Zealand, including the role of the courts; the operation of the legal system in historical and contemporary New Zealand with a focus on concepts of property rights, the Treaty of Waitangi, Treaty Settlements and proposals for constitutional change. Note: Does not meet the General Education requirement for LLB, LLB(Hons), LLB conjoints or LLB(Hons) conjoints.

Restriction: LAW 101

LAW 131
15 Points

Legal Method

An introductory study of how law is made and applied in New Zealand – an overview of the law-making roles of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government; other influences on the development of the law; an introduction to case law, including judicial reasoning and the doctrine of precedent; an introduction to statute law, including the legislative process and techniques of statutory interpretation and application; the interaction between case law and legislation.

Prerequisite: B- or higher in LAW 121 or 121G

LAW 141
15 Points

Legal Foundations

An overview of the classification, sources and operation of core aspects of New Zealand law, including state law and tikanga Māori. An introduction to other sources, perspectives and explanations of law.

Prerequisite: B- or higher in LAW 121 or 121G

Corequisite: LAW 131

Stage II

LAW 201A
15 Points

LAW 201B
15 Points

Criminal Law

An introduction to the principles and practice of New Zealand criminal law; an analysis of doctrines of liability including defences to criminal charges; a study in detail of selected indictable and summary offences; and a critical survey of the chief elements of procedure relating to offences chargeable indictably or summarily. (Apart from the rules concerning burden of proof, no detailed study is made in this course of the law of evidence.)

Corequisite: LAW 298 or 299

To complete this course students must enrol in LAW 201 A and B

LAW 211A
15 Points

LAW 211B
15 Points

Public Law

The principles and workings of the New Zealand constitution; the powers, privileges and immunities of the three branches of government; the exercise and control of public power; and the relationship between the individual and the State (including the position of Māori under the Treaty of Waitangi).

Corequisite: LAW 298 or 299

To complete this course students must enrol in LAW 211 A and B

LAW 231A
15 Points

LAW 231B
15 Points

Law of Torts

The general principles of civil liability for non-consensual wrongs. The principles of liability applying to selected torts, including the intentional torts such as: assault, battery, false imprisonment, intentionally inflicting emotional distress, trespass to land, wrongs to goods, negligence, strict liability, nuisance and defamation. The law relating to compensation for personal injury.

Corequisite: LAW 298 or 299

To complete this course students must enrol in LAW 231 A and B

LAW 241A
15 Points

LAW 241B
15 Points

Law of Contract

The general principles of contract law including: the formation of contracts at common law, New Zealand contract legislation, breach of contract, and remedies for breach of contract. An introduction to the general principles of agency.

Corequisite: LAW 298 or 299

To complete this course students must enrol in LAW 241 A and B

LAW 298A
5 Points

LAW 298B
5 Points

Legal Research, Writing and Communication

Legal research, writing, mooting and other requirements, as determined by the Dean of Faculty of Law.

Restriction: LAW 299

To complete this course students must enrol in LAW 298 A and B

Stage III

LAW 301A
10 Points

LAW 301B
10 Points

Land Law

A study of the history and principles of land law including: estates and interests in land, the effect of registration and indefeasibility of title, leasehold estates, easements and profits, mortgages, and concurrent interests in land, and covenants affecting freehold land.

Prerequisite: LAW 201, 211, 231, 241

To complete this course students must enrol in LAW 301 A and B

LAW 306A
10 Points

LAW 306B
10 Points

Equity

A study of the central principles and remedies of equity including: the fiduciary principle, relationships of confidence, unconscionable conduct, undue influence, estoppel, assignments, trusts (express, resulting and constructive), charities, tracing, third-party liability, the assignment in equity of choses in action, and priorities. Basic principles of the law of succession and of the administration of estates.

Prerequisite: LAW 201, 211, 231, 241

To complete this course students must enrol in LAW 306 A and B

LAW 316
15 Points

Jurisprudence

A study of the nature of law, including the nature of legal reasoning, its sources, its methodology, the extent to which legal questions are indeterminate, fundamental legal concepts, and the structure of a legal system; ngā tikanga Māori and its relation to wider Māori views of the world and contemporary issues faced by Māori in their relation to contemporary law.

Prerequisite: LAW 201, 211, 231, 241

LAW 399
10 Points

Legal Research 2

An introduction to multi-jurisdictional legal information sources and advanced research skills.

Prerequisite: LAW 201, 211, 231, 241, 298 or 299

Stage IV

LAW 400
10 Points

Legal Research 3

Completion of legal research requirements as approved by the Faculty of Law, including moot participation and opinion writing.

LAW 456
15 Points

Supervised Research

A research paper, approved by the Dean of Faculty of Law, written under the supervision of a teacher in the Faculty of Law.

LAW 458
10 Points

Legal Ethics

A study of legal ethics and professional responsibility including: an introduction to ethical analysis which examines various theories of ethics; the applicability of ethical analysis to legal practice; the concept of a profession and the ethical and professional duties of practitioners (which will include, amongst other topics, conflicts of interest, confidentiality, duties to the court, duties of loyalty and fidelity); the wider responsibilities of lawyers in the community.

LAW 498
0 Points

Advanced Legal Research, Writing and Communication

Satisfactory completion of such advanced legal research, writing, communication and other requirements as determined by the Dean of Faculty of Law.

Prerequisite: LAW 201, 211, 231, 241

Restriction: LAW 400, 499

LAW 499
0 Points

Legal Practice

Such work and practical experience in the detailed application of the law and in relation to the provision of legal services as approved by the Faculty of Law.

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

LAW 700
0 Points

Legal Research Methodology and Advanced Writing

Multi-jurisdictional legal information sources and advanced legal research, research problem formulation and refinement, legal and social science research methodologies, research ethics and evaluative research trail. Legal writing for different purposes and different audiences.

LAW 701
30 Points

The Legal System: Sources, Structure and Method

Examination of the core substantive components of the New Zealand legal system, in comparison with other municipal legal systems and international law. Analysis of the sources of New Zealand law, including statute, case law and custom, and the influence of international law. Legal methodology in theory and practice, including: judicial reasoning and the doctrine of precedent, techniques of statutory interpretation, and the resolution of disputes. Different modes of legal analysis and approaches to legal theory.

LAW 760
15 Points

Directed Study

Supervised research paper on an advanced legal topic, approved by the Dean of Faculty of Law.

LAW 789
30 Points

Dissertation

A dissertation of approximately 15,000 words resulting from original research of the student, having the scope, and depth of research, of a competent law review article. The topic of the dissertation needs the approval of the Dean of Faculty of Law.

LAW 790
30 Points

Dissertation

A dissertation of approximately 15,000 words resulting from original research of the student, having the scope, and depth of research, of a competent law review article.

LAW 792
45 Points

Dissertation

Restriction: COMLAW 792

LAW 794A
45 Points

LAW 794B
45 Points

Research Portfolio 1

Supervised research comprising a portfolio of research work within an area of specialisation culminating in a linking paper that together creates a coherent body of scholarly work.

To complete this course students must enrol in LAW 794 A and B

LAW 796A
45 Points

LAW 796B
45 Points

Thesis 1

A thesis of approximately 30,000 words resulting from original research of the student, displaying at a minimum: thorough research, a competent advanced understanding of the topic studied, and an ability to present the student's understanding of that topic in an orderly way.

To complete this course students must enrol in LAW 796 A and B

LAW 797A
60 Points

LAW 797B
60 Points

Thesis 2

A thesis of approximately 40,000 words resulting from original research of the student, displaying comprehensive understanding of the topic studied and an ability to contribute to the better understanding of that topic.

To complete this course students must enrol in LAW 797 A and B

LAW 798A
60 Points

LAW 798B
60 Points

Research Portfolio 2

Supervised research comprising a portfolio of research work within an area of specialisation culminating in a linking paper that together creates a coherent body of scholarly work.

To complete this course students must enrol in LAW 798 A and B

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