LAWS110-16S1 (C) Semester One 2016

Legal Foundations, Research and Writing

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2016
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2016
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 4 March 2016
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 20 May 2016


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 objectives of LAWS110 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.


Timetable Note

The stipulated rooms have only sufficient seats for students allocated for each lecture stream and workshop group at enrolment.  Serious seating problems will arise if students arbitrarily shift lecture streams or workshop groups.  If you have an issue with your allocation please contact the School of Law Academic Administrator for assistance.

Course Coordinator

For further information see Faculty of Law Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay One 14 Mar 2016 10% Essay One
Library Research Exercise 31 Mar 2016 10% Online Library Assignment
Essay Two 04 May 2016 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.

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

Course links

Library portal


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

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $759.00

International fee $3,450.00

* 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 LAWS110 Occurrences

  • LAWS110-16S1 (C) Semester One 2016