Law (2019)

The Rule of Law is a cornerstone of a civilised society. It defines rights and obligations and provides structure to institutions of government and commerce. The LLB programme follows a course of study which, in addition to giving students a broad understanding of legal principles, meets the professional requirements to practice as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand.

Law is available as a major for the LLB and the BA. Law may also be taken as a second major within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty of Law Admissions Committee and the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Law for the LLB, students must complete the requirements specified in the LLB regulations.

To complete a major in Law for the BA, students must gain 135 points from the papers listed for Law, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete LEGAL103, LEGAL104, LEGAL208, LEGAL209, LEGAL210, LEGAL309, LEGAL310, LEGAL311 and 15 points from any 400 level LEGAL paper.

To complete Law as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points from the papers listed for Law, including 90 points above 100 level and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete LEGAL103, LEGAL104, LEGAL208, LEGAL209, LEGAL210, LEGAL309, LEGAL310 and LEGAL311.

To complete a minor in Law, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the BA Law major, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete LEGAL103 and LEGAL104.

The Law programme for the LLB is structured as follows:

Law 1 introduces students to the legal system, the relationship between culture and the law and legal system, legal reasoning, writing and research, and the constitutional framework

Law 2 introduces the theories of law, the relationship between the state, administrative agencies and the individual, the law of contract, and the law of tort

Law 3 covers the principles of private law and dispute resolution

Law 4 focuses on specialist papers in Law.

Note: Candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in Law papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Law papers above 200 level. Students who complete a major in Law towards any undergraduate degree other than the LLB will not be eligible to practice Law.


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  • Prescriptions for the DipLaw

    To complete a DipLaw students must complete LEGAL103, LEGAL104, LEGAL106, LEGAL201, LEGAL204 and LEGAL207.

  • Prescriptions for the GradDip(DR)

    The Graduate Diploma in Dispute Resolution provides a practical and theoretical exploration of the processes of dispute resolution, and utilises the experience and expertise developed within the Schools of Law, Management, and Education. Graduates of this qualification will satisfy the academic requirements for Associate status of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ). For entry to the Graduate Diploma, candidates must have either a bachelors degree in any discipline or relevant work experience considered to be equivalent.

    The programme consists of papers totalling 120 points, comprising LEGAL205, LEGAL306 and MCOM331, either LEGAL449, MCOM431 or MCOM336, and electives totalling 40 points chosen from HDCO340, LEGAL205, LEGAL306, LEGAL405, LEGAL420, LEGAL434, LEGAL449, LEGAL490 or MCOM431. For the purposes of the Graduate Diploma, LEGAL205 is a corequisite for LEGAL306, and a prerequisite for the Law elective papers.

    Note: LEGAL205, LEGAL306 and LEGAL449 are requirements for admission to Associate status in AMINZ.

  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Law), GradDip(Law) and GradDip(NZLegSt)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Law at an advanced level in their first degree. A Graduate Diploma in New Zealand Legal Studies is also available.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Law Office.

  • Prescriptions for the LLB(Hons), PGCert(Law), PGDip(Law), LLM and LLM(Maori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples)

    The LLB(Hons) includes 60 points chosen from LEGAL509, LEGAL523, LEGAL526, LEGAL528, LEGAL531, LEGAL555, LEGAL569, LEGAL574, LEGAL576, LEGAL580, LEGAL590, LEGAL591, LEGAL592, LEGAL593 or LEGAL594. Students enrolling in the Honours programme may be subject to prerequisite and corequisite requirements.

    The LLM comprises 120 points chosen from LEGAL509, LEGAL523, LEGAL526, LEGAL528, LEGAL531, LEGAL555, LEGAL569, LEGAL574, LEGAL576, LEGAL580, LEGAL590, LEGAL591, LEGAL592, LEGAL593 or LEGAL594..

    The LLM(Maori/Pacific and Indigenous Peoples) comprises a total of 120 points, normally selected from LEGAL516, LEGAL525, LEGAL531, LEGAL551, LEGAL555, LEGAL569, LEGAL575, LEGAL576 or LEGAL577.

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil

    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD and SJD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a four year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

    The Doctor of Juridical Science consists of a research portfolio and a thesis which makes a contribution to knowledge consistent with at least three years of full-time research.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LEGAL103Legal Method- Research and Statutory Interpretation19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
    The objective of the paper is to teach students the basics of legal method including introduction to University studies, introduction to the study of law, digital skills and tools for law students, legal research, introduction to problem solving and critical thinking, academic and professional integrity and statutory interpretation...
    LEGAL104Legal Method- Legal Writing and Case Analysis19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
    The objective of the paper is to teach students legal writing, case analysis and introduce the students to advocacy including written and oral skills, and to teach the students techniques for revision and sitting law exams. To continue upskilling students in obtaining useful digital skills and tools.
    LEGAL105Introduction to New Zealand Law and Society19A (Online) & 19T (Online)
    An introduction for non lawyers to the nature and functions of law and the processes of lawmaking. The relationship between law and society will be illustrated by relevant examples.
    LEGAL106Legal Systems and Societies19Y (Hamilton) & 19Y (Tauranga)
    An introduction to the history, sources, context and institutions of law in Aotearoa/New Zealand, with particular reference to statute, custom as illustrated by Maori customary law and the common law, and the distinctive position of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LEGAL201Public Law19Y (Hamilton) & 19Y (Tauranga)
    Part One examines the principles of constitutionalism and the framework of the New Zealand system of government. Part Two examines the exercise and control of executive power in New Zealand and the relationship between the state, its agencies and the individual.
    LEGAL203Jurisprudence19Y (Hamilton) & 19Y (Tauranga)
    An analysis of legal theories and ideologies, emphasising different approaches to the meaning of law, examining the relationship between theory and practice, illustrated by the concepts of sovereignty, liability, property, justice, rights and personality.
    LEGAL204Contracts19Y (Hamilton) & 19Y (Tauranga)
    This paper is an introduction to the theory of contract; the general principles relating to the operation, formation and discharge of contract; and the general principles of agency. It is a core paper for the Council for Legal Education (CLE).
    LEGAL205Foundations in Legal Studies19B (Online) & 19T (Online)
    A paper to provide students with a basic understanding of the New Zealand legal system, and an introduction to the law of torts, contract, agency, sale of goods and services, persons, including corporate bodies, property and consumer legislation
    LEGAL207Torts19Y (Hamilton) & 19Y (Tauranga)
    An analysis of the general principles of civil liability; interests protected by the law of torts; negligence; specific torts such as nuisance and defamation; and the law relating to compensation for personal injury by accident in New Zealand.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    HMDEV340Perspectives on Counselling19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
    This paper examines the philosophical, psychological and sociological principles that underpin the aims and methods of the helping professions in general, and counselling in particular.
    LEGAL301Crimes19Y (Hamilton)
    An analysis of the general principles of criminal law and selected offences chargeable under New Zealand law; an introduction to criminal procedure from arrest to sentencing in both jury and judge-alone trials (excluding evidence); and an introduction to the criminal justice system.
    LEGAL305Corporate Entities19Y (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the concept of corporate personality in the law including an introduction to the general principles of law relating to companies and other corporates.
    LEGAL306Dispute Resolution19Y (Hamilton)
    The objective/ethos of the paper is to expose students to the theory, general principles and practical dimensions of client interviewing, negotiation, mediation, arbitration, adjudication and advocacy. Once the students have a basic knowledge of these skills, the paper then examines how these skills are applied within certain conte...
    LEGAL307Land Law19Y (Hamilton)
    An analysis of the history, principles and bicultural context of land law.
    LEGAL308Equity and Succession19Y (Hamilton)
    An analysis of the principles of equity with particular reference to the laws of trusts, the principle of the law of succession and the administration of estates, and choses in action and the assignment thereof.
  • 400 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LEGAL401The Law of Evidence19B (Hamilton)
    An examination of the principles of the law of evidence in criminal and civil cases.
    LEGAL402Civil Procedure19A (Hamilton)
    An examination of the jurisdiction and procedure of the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal in civil cases, with particular emphasis on High Court proceedings, the principles of pleading and the drafting of documents.
    LEGAL403Crime, Criminology and the Criminal Justice System19S (Hamilton)
    A critical overview of the theoretical explanations for crime, an examination of the policy goals of the adult and juvenile justice systems, and an introduction to the institutional arrangements for the disposition of offenders in the New Zealand criminal justice system.
    LEGAL405Treaty of Waitangi in Contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand19B (Hamilton)
    An examination of the Treaty of Waitangi 1840 in contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand. Consideration will be given to ways in which the Treaty guarantees might best be realised in relation to the legal system, health, education, resource management and local government.
    LEGAL406Maori Land Law19A (Hamilton)
    An examination of the legal practices applicable to Maori land; the history of Maori land legislation, present laws and practices, the effective utilisation of Maori land and proposals for future utilisation.
    LEGAL408Family Law19A (Hamilton)
    A focus on the law and social policies involved in the formation and breakdown of family relationships. The paper specifically examines the matrix of legislation and case law that underpin common family law disputes and legal proceedings in the Family Court.
    LEGAL420Employment Law19A (Hamilton)
    This course is a practical survey of employment law in New Zealand. It examines the formation, operation, and termination of the employment relationship as well as personal grievances, remedies and the employment insitutions.
    LEGAL424Revenue Law19B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to some of the key principles and concepts of New Zealand's taxation system. Selected aspects of income tax law as well as the law on indirect taxes, such as the goods and services tax, will also be examined.
    LEGAL426Commercial Transactions19B (Hamilton)
    An examination of the law on sale of goods, personal property securities, credit contracts and consumer finance, and aspects of fair trading and consumer guarantees law.
    LEGAL427Competition Law19A (Hamilton)
    A study of competition law and policy in New Zealand including the regulation of takeovers and mergers,and restrictive trade practices.
    LEGAL430Water Law19S (Hamilton)
    The paper is designed for students who wish to function skilfully in the field of environmental and resources law.
    LEGAL432Energy Law19A (Hamilton)
    An examination of the law concerning global energy problems, oil and gas, renewables, markets, energy efficiency and climate change, with an empahsis on regulation and commercial aspects. The course provides an introduction to themes in modern energy law.
    LEGAL434Environmental Law19A (Hamilton)
    An examination of the general principles of the law concerning natural and physical resources, sustainable development, pollution control, town planning and Treaty of Waitangi principles.
    LEGAL435Cyber Law19B (Hamilton)
    An exploration of the impact of the internet, including aspects of both criminal and civil arenas, with special emphasis on cybercrime, intellectual property, and e-business.
    LEGAL436Legal Ethics19A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the concept of a profession and the ethical and professional duties of practitioners and an introduction to ethical analysis, the applicability of legal analysis to legal practice and the wider responsibilities of lawyers in the community.
    LEGAL437Public International Law19B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to public international law: evolution, sources, relationship between international and municipal law, the law of treaties, the law of the sea and international institutions, particularly the United Nations.
    LEGAL440Special Topic: Pacific Peoples and the Law19A (Hamilton)
    A critical study and comparision of legal systems and issues within the Pacific region.
    LEGAL441Special Topic: Sex, Gender and the Law19B (Hamilton)
    Special Topic is a paper to allow one-off subjects to be taught by visiting academics, or for trialling new topics within law.
    LEGAL443Special Topic: Advanced Employment Law19T (Hamilton)
    This paper is an advanced study of selected issues in employment law. Issues will inclued legal developments in health and safety, collective bargaining, strikes, lockouts, privacy, social media, discrimination and interference with business relations/intellectual property.
    LEGAL447Mining and Petroleum Law19B (Hamilton)
    This paper inquires into the legal framework of mining and petroleum activity in New Zealand and internationally.
    LEGAL449Mediation: Law, Principles and Practice19T (Hamilton)
    This paper will offer students an opportunity to understand mediation at an advanced level. It will examine legal aspects of mediation, theories in relation to practice as well as practical training and skill development.
    LEGAL450Contemporary Issues in Sports Law19S (Hamilton)
    The law is now an integral part of sport. This course explores the application of numerous legal principles to a specialist environment, the uniqueness of which invites innovative and interesting legal arrangements. It is hoped that by the end of the course, students have a working knowledge of legal problems associated with sport....
    LEGAL451International Criminal Law19A (Hamilton)
    International criminal law introduces students to the development of the basic concepts and institutions of international criminal law, the legal nature and elements of international crimes and the general principles of international criminal law, and to the rules of international criminal procedure and evidence.
    LEGAL457Insurance Law19T (Hamilton)
    This paper provides an introduction to the principles which underpin indemnity insurance, with particular reference to those principles which set insurance contracts apart from other contracts.
    LEGAL458Advocacy19B (Hamilton)
    This paper aims to introduce the role of the advocate in society. Participants will develop practical advocacy skills, informed by examination of the function of the advocate in trial and non-trial settings.
    LEGAL466International Environmental Law19B (Hamilton)
    This paper provides a synthesis of theory and specific case studies, to enable students to understand the most formidable international environmental problems in international law, and the context from which these problems originate. Working with thematic areas of international environmental law, ranging from climate change to biol...
    LEGAL468Intellectual Property19A (Hamilton)
    A study of the law of intellectual property in New Zealand, including the law of copyright, trade secrets, patents, designs, trade marks, fair-trading and passing off.
    LEGAL472Issues in Family Law19B (Hamilton)
    A focus on Family Court procedure, processes and common family law issues stemming from the formation and breakdown of family relationships and the matrix of family law legislation. Includes an examination of the dispute resolution process, legislation and case law, filing of legal documents, options available for settlement, resul...
    LEGAL473Introduction to the Law of International Trade19A (Hamilton)
    This paper will provide students with an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the law and policies of present-day international trade regulations, both on the multilateral level (and hence an intensive examination of the procedural and substantive law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)) and on the regional level (the law of F...
    LEGAL476Laws of Armed Conflict and International Humanitarian Law19B (Hamilton)
    An introduction to the laws of armed conflict and international humanitarian law. Students will explore the changing nature of international conflict as well as the legal options open to the global community in terms of humanitarian intervention both during and in the aftermath of armed conflict.
    LEGAL490Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton), 19S (Hamilton) & 19T (Hamilton)
    This paper is open to suitably qualified students who, under supervision of one or more academic staff members with experience in the appropriate area(s), engage in research leading to the production of the equivalent of a 6000 to 8000 word research assignment.
    LEGAL492Law and New Technologies19A (Hamilton)
    New technologies often present novel problems for regulators and the legislature. This paper will explore selected new technologies through the lens of law, by analysing legal issues and responses to new technologies.
    LEGAL496Work Placement19C (Hamilton)
    This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their specialisation as part of their LLB and to consolidate that work placement with a 3,000 - 4,000 word research paper.
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LEGAL509Legal Research: Theory and Methods19A (Hamilton)
    This paper tackles the key areas and aspects of conducting scholarly legal research and guides students through the research and writing process.
    LEGAL525Contemporary and International Indigenous Issues19B (Hamilton)
    The purpose of this paper is to focus on the issues that are raised at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, each year, to provide a special insight into the workings of the United Nations on contemporary and topical indigenous issues. An examination of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will be ...
    LEGAL526Legal Aspects of Cyber Security19A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the legal aspects of cyber security and cyber crime, by analysing selected legislation and case law relevant to the area of cyber security. The paper covers the ethical and legal boundaries of rights and liability of security professionals.
    LEGAL527Advanced Issues in Charity Law19A (Hamilton)
    Charity law retains its ancient roots, whilst at the same time, striving to reflect its relevance in a contemporary world. This paper enables students to explore advanced issues in national and international charity law, which is a growing area of legal practice and research.
    LEGAL528Foreign Investment Law19B (Hamilton)
    This paper will provide students with an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the law and policies of present-day international trade regulations, both on the multilateral level (and hence an intensive examination of the procedural and substantive law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)) and on the regional level (the law of F...
    LEGAL577National & International Human Rights Law19B (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the international framework for the promotion and protection of human rights, including civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights and how the standards set can be implemented at the national and international level.
    LEGAL580Special Topic: Equality and the Law19A (Hamilton)
    This paper examines the key principles and concepts, legal issues, and applicable laws concerning a specialised legal topic or research area. This special topic is the subject of in-depth study because it has a significant legal and social impact and it will provide advanced knowledge and skills to law students.
    LEGAL590Directed Study19C (Hamilton)
    Completion of a 10,000 word dissertation regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.
    LEGAL591Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
    Completion of a 12,500 word dissertation regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty
    LEGAL592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
    Completion of a 25,000 word dissertation regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.
    LEGAL593Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    Completion of a 38,000 word thesis regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.
    LEGAL594Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    Completion of a 50,000 word thesis regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LEGAL800Law MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    Completion of a 50,000 word thesis regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    LEGAL900Law PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    Completion of a 80,000 - 100,000 word thesis regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.
    LEGAL994SJD Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    Completion of a 60,000 word thesis regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.
    LEGAL995Research Portfolio19C (Hamilton)
    The production of two publishable quality research papers, and the production of a research proposal to the same level as a PhD proposal, regarding a legal reasearch subject that can properly be supervised in the Faculty.

2019 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 11 October 2018 3:33pm

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