Legal Research

The LLB and LLB(Hons) degrees have a large legal research and writing component:

The LLB and LLB(Hons) degrees have a large legal research and writing component:

LAW 298 Legal Research, Writing and Communication (10 points)
LAW 399 Legal Research 2 (10 points)
LAW 498 Advanced Legal Research, Writing and Communication (0 points)
LAW 499 Legal Practice (to be discontinued by 2018 - 0 points)

 

LAW 298 - Legal Research, Writing and Communication (10 points)

is a new, compulsory course and a corequisite for all the LLB Part II courses. New Part II students need to enrol in LAW 298 before enrolling for any other Part II courses.


The legal writing component of the course begins in Semester One with a workshop including a discussion on how to approach law school, the study of law and how to manage the stress of the law school environment. The second workshop introduces students to legal writing while the remainder of the workshops in the Semester focus on predictive forms of writing. Workshops in Semester Two focus on persuasive wirting, specifically legal essay writing and appellate briefs. There is also a formal assessment in oral communication in the form of a negotiation exercise.

 

LAW 399 - Legal Research 2 (10 points)

is a compulsory LLB Part III course with a value of 10 points. Students must enrol for this course in the same year that they take their first Part III courses. 

The course may be taken in either the first or second semester. The course concentrates on advanced research skills and includes an introduction to multi-jurisdictional legal research. The course is assessed 100% on-course comprising: 2 research exercises, each worth 15% of the final mark; a research trail 70%. This course is graded. Students are strongly recommended to link their research trails for this course with the formal writing requirements for an opinion, elective or Honours seminar.

 

LAW 498 - Advanced Legal Research, Writing and Communication (0 points)

LAW 498 will be required of all students admitted to LLB Part III in 2017 or a later year.  It will be an option for students admitted to Part III before 2017.  You need to complete any moot above Part II; any moot that is optional (not part of the course requirements) will qualify.  This includes some competition moots.  You also need to complete a sustained piece of legal writing of at least 4000 words in an elective course.  This could include Supervised Research, a PILO of at least 4000 words, the report for LAWGENRL 405 or 447, the research essay for a 15-point or 30-point masters course taken for LLB, Honours seminar papers or dissertations; any other single piece of writing of the required length.

 

LAW 499 - Legal Practice (0 points)

LAW 499 remains available for students who were admitted to Part III before 2017.  However, it will be discontinued at the end of 2018.  Any student who has not completed the requirements of LAW 499 by December 2018 will be required to pass LAW 498.

See the LAW 400/499 Guidelines document below for further information regarding the requirements.

 

DISCONTINUED COURSE: LAW 400 - Legal Research 3 - 2016 only (10 points)

Prior to 2017 students had the choice of LAW 400 or LAW 499.  LAW 400 has now been discontinued, and LAW 498 introduced in its place.

If you had already enrolled in LAW 400 prior to 2017, see the LAW 400/499 Guidelines document below for further information regarding the requirements.

 

 

Opinions and students wishing to apply for an Exchange or Study Abroad

Students proceeding overseas on an approved student exchange or under Study Abroad for their final semester will normally be expected to have completed the LAW 400/LAW 499 requirements in Auckland before their departure. Occasionally, however, they may, at the discretion of the Associate Dean (International), be permitted to obtain credit for one (or, in the case of a student on a full-year’s exchange, two) opinion(s) according to the same criteria as apply to students in Auckland.
Students going overseas on an approved exchange or under study abroad for their penultimate semester will normally be expected to have completed at least two opinions before their departure.