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.

 

Assignment Submission Process, Late Submission of Work/Penalties and Extensions

 

Assignment Submission

All assignments submitted must be anonymised i.e. with NO STUDENT NAMES.

All written work must be submitted both in hard copy and electronic format (Microsoft Word) by 12 noon on the due date or the student will be penalised.

The assignment submission consists of two steps:

1. The hard copy, with the online coversheet completed from within Canvas (which includes confirmation of the actual word count as per Microsoft Word) is to be submitted to the Law School Student Centre Reception;

AND

2. The identical electronic Microsoft Word 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 must be uploaded in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format. 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/Penalties

The penalty for lateness is 5 marks for each day (or part of day thereof) in which the hard copy of the assessment is submitted late. This is also applicable if students submit an electronic copy on time but submit a hard copy late. For this purpose, a weekend (Friday-Monday) counts as 2 days (10 mark penalty). A submission is incomplete unless the student submits a paper and electronic version of the assessment (unless otherwise stated).

The penalty for students who submit a paper copy on time but an electronic copy late is 3 marks however late the electronic copy is submitted. Students will only be able to challenge a lateness penalty for late electronic submission if they can prove a technical malfunction. In order to do so a copy of the receipt of submission will be required. A mark will not be released until both electronic and paper copies are submitted. Students are recommended to download and save a copy of the digital receipt for their own records and to ensure electronic submission has been successful.

Students experiencing problems with electronic submission should contact the Law Student Centre Reception or lawacademicservices@ auckland.ac.nz prior to the submission due date and time.

The lateness penalty will apply to all written work: opinions, tutorial essays, internally-assessed papers, supervised research papers, papers in lieu of examinations, honours papers, Master’s research papers and seminar papers.

 

Examples

An assignment is due at 12 noon on Monday 26 March.

a. Student A hands in their hard copy and electronic copy at 4pm on 26 March. The lateness penalty applied to Student A will be a total of 8 marks deducted from the total available marks for the assignment (5 marks for one day or part thereof for late hard copy submission and 3 marks for late electronic submission).

b. Student B hands in their electronic copy on time but submits their hard copy at 2pm on 28 March. The lateness penalty applied will be 15 marks deducted from the total available marks for the assignment for late hard copy submission (5 marks for each day or part thereof).

c. Student C hands in their hard copy prior to the due date but submits their electronic copy on 30 March. The lateness penalty applied will be 3 marks deducted from the available marks for late electronic copy submission.

Lateness penalties for take-home examinations vary depending on the length of the take-home exam. Applicable penalties and the format of submission of take-home examinations will be advised in course outlines and/or via Canvas.

The Law School aims to trial electronic submission only and online marking in a small number of courses in 2018. For these courses where no hard copy submission will be required, the policy for hard copy submission of assignments applies to late electronic submission: 5 marks per day (or part thereof). Students enrolled in the relevant courses will receive clear instructions on the assignment submission procedures and applicable lateness penalties.

For all other courses and unless advised otherwise, submission of written work is only complete when both a hard copy and electronic copy (in Microsoft Word via Turnitin in Canvas) have been submitted. Failure to submit either a hard or electronic copy counts as late submission.

 

Extensions

To apply for an extension, students need to contact a Student Academic and Support Adviser (lawextensions@auckland.ac.nz) and supply documentation (e.g. doctor’s certificate) before the due date. Lecturers and tutors may not grant extensions nor do they have any authority to vary penalties. Retrospective approval for an extension will be given only in exceptional circumstances.

Please note that when an extension is granted, the normal submission process still applies (assignments must be submitted in both hard copy and in Microsoft Word via Turnitin by the authorised extension date).

 

Cheating, Plagiarism and Turnitin

Cheating is viewed as a serious offence by the University of Auckland.  Penalties are administered by the School and by the University’s Discipline Committee, and may include a fine, suspension or expulsion from the University.  See the University’s pages on Academic Integrity at www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/home/about/teaching-learning/academic-integrity.

If, after an investigation, a student is found to have cheated, in addition to any penalty, that student’s name will be recorded in a Register held by the University and may be forwarded to the New Zealand Law Society when an application for Admission as Barrister and Solicitor is made.

Plagiarism means using the work of others in preparing an assignment and presenting it as your own without explicitly acknowledging – or referencing – where it came from.  Plagiarism can also mean not acknowledging the full extent of indebtedness to a source.  Work can be plagiarised from many sources – including books, articles, the internet, and other students’ assignments.  Plagiarism can also occur unconsciously or inadvertently.  Direct copying is definitely plagiarism.  Paraphrasing of another’s work without attribution is also plagiarism.  Submitting someone else’s unattributed or less than fully attributed work or ideas is not evidence of your own grasp of the material and cannot earn you marks.  Plagiarism can also occur in an open-book examination.  If you copy from a case or a text it must be acknowledged.

Note: Plagiarism applies to all levels of work, including theses and dissertations.

In submitting assignments, students are required to attach a cover sheet which is completed from within Canvas.  This includes a declaration that the work is completely the student’s own work, and that materials from other sources have been properly acknowledged and referenced.

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.  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 (in Microsoft Word) for computerised review.

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 compulsory online Academic Integrity Course is designed to increase student knowledge of academic integrity, university rules relating to academic conduct, and the identification and consequences of academic misconduct.

Word limits


Word limits apply to all written assignments (other than theses) as follows:

  • Tutorial Essays: 1500 words (750 words for LAW 131 Legal Method)
  • Written assignments in 10-pt, 15-pt and 20-pt electives: as specified in course outlines
  • Paper in lieu of examination (PILO) in 10-pt, 15-pt and 20-pt electives: as specified in course outlines.  The PILO is in lieu of the examination only; all other coursework requirements must be completed.
  • Supervised research papers: 10,000 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 before submission.

 

Aegrotats and compassionate consideration

Students who are prevented from carrying out a test or exam, or whose performance is impaired due to an injury or illness may be able to apply for aegrotat consideration. For any other exceptional and unforeseen circumstance, such as bereavement, that affects a student’s performance in written work, a test or an exam, students may be able to apply for compassionate consideration.

For any application for aegrotat or compassionate consideration, all your coursework should be well above the minimum pass standard (normally a C+ or better). It is especially important that coursework marks achieved under exam conditions (e.g. for written tests) are well above the minimum pass standard. You cannot re-sit an exam, so you should always attend if at all possible. University Health Services can arrange special conditions for your exam if required.

Students wishing to apply for compassionate consideration for written work should contact a Student Academic and Support Adviser (lawextensions@auckland.ac.nz) to apply for an extension of time before the due date. Retrospective approval will be given only in exceptional circumstances. Approval for an extension of time cannot be given by the lecturer or marker for the subject concerned.

See also Assignment Submission Process, Late Submission of Work/ Penalties and Extensions.

Students wishing to apply for an aegrotat for a test or exam apply through University Health Services (even if you see your own doctor or counsellor). Written test aegrotat and compassionate applications are not yet available online and must be submitted in hard copy. Forms are available from the Student Health and Counselling Service.

Aegrotat and compassionate consideration applications for exams can be made online at aegrotat.auckland.ac.nz/apply. Applications must be submitted within seven days of the test or exam. Students are advised to make an appointment with the Student Health and Counselling Service or their own registered medical doctor on the day of the test or as close to the test day as possible. It is particularly important to do so on the day of your exam if you want to apply for consideration of your exam performance. Academic Information for Students More information including processes for aegrotat and compassionate consideration can be found at www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/cs-aegrotatand-compassionate-consideration.