LAWS203-23W (C) Whole Year 2023

The Law of Contract

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 27 August 2023


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.

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.



Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Matthew Barber


Christian Riffel and Annick Masselot


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 04 May 2022 20%
Mid-Year Exam 30%
Final Examination 50%

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

Course links

Library portal


This is a compulsory core course for the LLB degree.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,737.00

International fee $8,975.00

* 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 320

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS203 Occurrences

  • LAWS203-23W (C) Whole Year 2023