Faculty of Law


Written work

All written work, whether submitted for tutorials, opinions, research papers or dissertations must comply with the New Zealand Law Style Guide.

All written work, whether submitted for tutorials, opinions, research papers or dissertations must comply with the NZ Law Style Guide second edition (available for purchase from the Faculty Reception office).

Essays, opinions and other assignments should be typed where possible. Handwritten work is acceptable provided that it is clear and legible. If work submitted for grading is illegible, the lecturer may require that it be typed at the student’s expense. Students should also note that all quotations should be indicated by quotation marks and the source given. Never use material without giving the proper acknowledgement of source.

All students are encouraged to read the University’s Student Academic Conduct Statute which outlines strict provisions on the penalties for academic misconduct. In addition, the University’s online Academic Integrity Course is another very useful resource designed to increase student knowledge of academic integrity, university rules relating to academic conduct, and the identification and consequences of academic misconduct.

Turnitin

The Law School subscribes to the Turnitin originality checking service. The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student’s own work, reflecting his or her learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the world-wide web. A student’s assessed work will be reviewed against electronic source material using computerised detection mechanisms. Students will be required to provide an electronic version of their work for computerised review.

Anonymised Assignment and Submission Process

As from 2016, all assignments submitted must be anonymised i.e. with NO NAMES.
Assignments for all courses must be submitted both in hard copy and electronic format by 12 noon on the due date or the student will be penalised.

The assignment submission process consists of two steps:

1.     A hard copy, with the coversheet completed (with the alphanumeric course code LAWCOMM xxx etc; University student identification number; and confirmation of word count) and signed, is to be submitted to the Law School Student Centre Reception.

2.    The identical but electronic version of the assignment is to be uploaded through Turnitin via Canvas.

The electronic version of the assignment must include the student’s identification number and the alphanumeric course code both in the filename and header. The student’s first name/s and surname must not be included anywhere on the assignment. Documents can be uploaded in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or rich text format (.rtf) or as a PDF.


Submission of an assignment is completed only when both the hard copy and the identical electronic copy have been submitted by 12 noon on the due date. 

Word limits


Word limits apply to all written assignments (other than dissertations and theses), as follows:
Tutorial essays 1500 words (750 words for LAW 131 Legal Method)
Written assignments in 10-pt, 15-pt, 20-pt electives As specified in course outlines
Paper in lieu of examination (PILO) in 10-pt. 15-pt, 20-pt elective as specified in course outlines.  The PILO is in lieu of the examination only; all other coursework requirements must be completed.
Supervised Research papers 10,00 words
Honours seminar papers 10,000 words
Honours dissertations 15,000 words

The above limits are fixed subject to a 5% leeway above the limit, and students will be penalised for exceeding the limits at a rate of 5 marks for every 10% (or part thereof) over the limit.  There is no penalty applied for an assessment falling under the word limit.

All words including footnotes will be included in the word count.  A footnote is defined in the OED as ‘A note, reference, or additional piece of information printed at the bottom of a page, used to explain or comment on something in the main body of the text on the same page’.

The following are NOT included within the definition of words: the title of the assessment, headers and footers (footers does not include footnotes, which are included in the word count, but does include page numbers), bibliography, table of contents, table of cases, an abstract. 

An appendix which contains material referred to in the main text is not included in the word count.

Tables in the text, and heading of sections of the text, are included in the word count.

In the event of doubt as to what is included, students should contact lawacademicservices@auckland.ac.nz

What happens if I am late with my assignment?

Submission of an assignment is completed only when both the hard copy and the identical electronic copy have been submitted by 12 noon on the due date.

Late submission of work

All work submitted late (ie after 12 noon on the due date) will incur a penalty (see below), unless there are extenuating circumstances and approval has been granted from the Student Adviser. Retrospective extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.  

Aegrotat or compassionate circumstances for late submission

Approval for an extension of time cannot be given by the lecturer or marker for the subject concerned. An extension of time will be given only for illness or compassionate grounds. You must supply documentation (eg, doctor’s certificate). Criteria for approval of late submission reflect the criteria for aegrotat and compassionate pass consideration in final examinations. Retrospective approval will be given only in exceptional circumstances. You must apply for an extension of time before the due date either by emailing your request and reasons to lawextensions@auckland.ac.nz or by contacting:

Emily McGowan
Student Academic and Support Adviser
Student Centre, Building 810, Room 233

Phone: (09) 923 7939
Email: e.mcgowan@auckland.ac.nz

To apply for an extension of time before the due date. Approval for an extension of time cannot be given by the lecturer or marker for the subject concerned.

Penalities

Except where Emily McGowan, the Student Academic and Support Adviser, or in her absence Dr Suranjika Tittawella (Student Centre Manager) has authorised an extension of time for the submission of student work, work handed in after the deadline will be penalized at the rate of 10% for each day or part thereof. For this purpose, a weekend (Friday–Monday) counts as 2 days (20% penalty). This applies to all written work: opinions, tutorial essays, internally-assessed papers, supervised research papers, papers in lieu of examinations, master’s research papers and seminar papers.