LAWS203-17W (C) Whole Year 2017

The Law of Contract

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 general principles of governing the formation of contracts, vitiating elements, breach of contract and remedies.

Contracts are an inescapable feature of our everyday lives. They consist of legally enforceable obligations that people have voluntarily assumed, and are fundamental to nearly all forms of commercial activity. This course explores the rules of law that apply to contracts generally, and includes a brief introduction to the law of agency. Other LAWS elective courses will examine those rules that apply to specific contractual arrangements, e.g. LAWS341 Insurance Law.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the completion of the course, students should be able to:
  •  Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the law of contract in New Zealand;
  •  Apply the law of contract to complex factual situations; and
  •  Evaluate contract law rules in terms of principle, policy and/or practice.


Timetable Note

Tutorials in LAW 203 will be held according to the timetable you will be given at the start of Term One.  Enrolment in Tutorials will be advised via email closer to the start of the course.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Matthew Barber


Christian Riffel and Annick Masselot


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Midsessional Test 25%
Essay 28 Jul 2017 10%
Final Examination 65%

The course may be assessed by way of a midsessional test, a compulsory essay and a final examination.

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Burrows, JF, Finn, Jeremy and Todd, Stephen; Law of Contract in New Zealand ; 5th ed; LexisNexis, 2016.

Course links

Library portal


This is a compulsory core course for the LLB degree.

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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 250

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS203 Occurrences

  • LAWS203-17W (C) Whole Year 2017