LAWS101-17W (C) Whole Year 2017

Legal System: Legal Method and Institutions

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 3 March 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 8 September 2017


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.


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.
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.


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Online Quiz 1 13 Mar 2017 5%
Online Quiz 2 05 May 2017 10%
Mid-Year Test One 10%
Mid-Year Test Two 19 Sep 2017 10%
Tutorial Attendance 5%
Final Examination 60%

Assessment details will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

NOTE: Assignments, tests and examinations will be assessed only once. Resubmissions or resits are not permitted.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

D Webb, K Sanders & P Scott; The New Zealand legal system: structures and processes ; 5th ed; LexisNexis, Wellington, 2010.

G Morris; Law Alive: The New Zealand Legal System in Context ; 3rd ed; Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2015.

R Krever and others; Mastering law studies and law exam techniques ; 8th ed; LexisNexis, Butterworths, Chatswood, 2014.

S Penk & M-R Russell; New Zealand Legal Method Handbook ; Thomson Reuters, 2014.

Scragg, Richard J; The principles of legal method in New Zealand ; 2nd ed; Oxford University Press, 2009.

Spiller, Peter. , Hinde, G. W; Butterworths New Zealand law dictionary ; 7th ed. of Hinde & Hinde's law dictionary ; LexisNexis NZ, 2011.

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.


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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,549.00

International fee $7,050.00

* 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 .

All LAWS101 Occurrences

  • LAWS101-17W (C) Whole Year 2017