LAWS205-22W (C) Whole Year 2022

Land Law

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 20 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 28 August 2022


The history and principles of land law.

Land Law is one of the compulsory "core" subjects of the Law course. The primary aims of the course are:
• To develop your understanding of the main concepts and principles of Land Law in New Zealand, including some introduction to equitable concepts; and
• To develop your skills in applying these concepts and principles to solve problems;
• To develop your skills in the workplace;
• The course will also include a library research component.

Please note:  Related courses - LAWS393 Advanced Land Law, (offered every alternate year, and was offered in 2019); LAWS376 Resource Management Act 1991: Selected Issues, which is offered each year; LAWS314.

Learning Outcomes

  • Like other courses in the Law School, Land Law aims to develop skills considered important for lawyers, whether or not you choose to enter private legal practice. The skills include the capacity to:
  • Read and interpret legislation;
  • Read and analyse cases;
  • Solve problems by reasoned analysis;
  • Put forward arguments clearly and persuasively;
  • Evaluate critically, existing legal principles and institutions;
  • Develop skills in the workplace.
    • 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.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.



Timetable Note

Each term you will be given a short compulsory assignment that must be completed. This is a Terms requirement and must be completed. Each assignment will attract a Pass/Fail grade which will be released to the student.  

Normally, there would be four workshops (one a term) where the class is divided into four groups for a workshop assignment.
COVID restrictions have made this difficult for Semester 1. The workshops will be replaced with a Zoom tutorial once a term.

It is hoped to be able to re-instate workshops in the 2nd semester. You will be given plenty of notice.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Elizabeth Toomey


Toni Collins , Adrienne Paul and David Jefferson


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Library Quiz 18 Mar 2022 10%
Term Requirements x 4
Mid-Year Test 40%
Final Examination 50%

Assessment may comprise of a Library Research Online Project, a mid-year test and a final examination.

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

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Toomey, E; New Zealand Land Law ; 3rd edition; Thomson Reuters, 2017.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,690.00

International fee $8,625.00

* 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 LAWS205 Occurrences

  • LAWS205-22W (C) Whole Year 2022