Compulsory legal research courses

Find out more about the legal research and writing component of the LLB and LLB(Hons) degrees.

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)

LAW 298 is a 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 writing, specifically legal essay writing and appellate briefs. There is also a formal assessment in oral communication in the form of a negotiation exercise.

Learn more: LAW 298.

LAW 399 – Legal Research 2 (10 points)

LAW 399 is being phased out and will no longer be offered after Semester One 2019.

If you have enrolled in and/or have completed one or more Part III courses (LAW 301, LAW 306, or LAW 316) in 2018 (or prior to 2018), you must also pass LAW 399 in order to complete the LLB/LLB(Hons) or conjoint Law programmes.

LAW 399 is being offered in three streams in Semester Two 2018:

  • Stream 1: Mondays, Wednesdays 9-10am
  • Stream 2: Mondays, Wednesdays 12-1pm
  • Stream 3: Mondays, Wednesdays 2-3pm
We recommend that, if possible, you complete LAW 399 in Semester Two 2018 if this is a programme requirement for you. We will offer at least one stream in Semester One next year (timetabling yet to be finalised), however places in 2019 will be limited.
 
If you are currently in Part I or II and have not enrolled in nor completed any Part III courses in 2018 (or prior to 2018), you will not be required to complete LAW 399.
 
In case of any queries, please do not hesitate to contact our Student Advisers.

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

LAW 498 is a compulsory course for all students admitted to LLB Part III from 2017. 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 4,000 words in an elective course. This could include Supervised Research, a Research Paper in Lieu of an Examination (PILO) of at least 4,000 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, or any other single piece of writing of the required length.

See the LAW 498 Guidelines below for further information.

Read more: LAW 498.

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.

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 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, at the discretion of the Associate Dean (International).

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. 

Learn more: Study abroad and exchange and Law student exchange.