LAW 301A/B : Land Law


2021 Semester One (1213) / Semester Two (1215) (20 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A study of the history and principles of land law including: estates and interests in land, the effect of registration and indefeasibility of title, leasehold estates, easements and profits, mortgages, and concurrent interests in land, and covenants affecting freehold land.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: LAW 201, 211, 231, 241 To complete this course students must enrol in LAW 301 A and B

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Laws

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the basic legal principles of key areas of land law (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and 6.1)
  2. Apply basic principles of land law to typical and hypothetical land law problems (Capability 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 5.1)
  3. Critically examine land law in the social context in which it operates (Capability 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 4.1, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Final Exam 70% Individual Examination
Essay 15% Individual Coursework
Post-Tutorial Quizzes 10% Individual Coursework
Pre-Tutorial Activities 5% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3
Final Exam
Post-Tutorial Quizzes
Pre-Tutorial Activities

The course assessment revolves around a learning modules programme, which is comprised of five learning modules that students complete throughout the year. Each learning module has four components that students complete in order. First, students complete a pre-tutorial activity in which students are guided through a complex legal problem in bite-sized chunks. Secondly, students attend a tutorial on the same problem in which the tutor and students discuss potential answers to the problem. Thirdly, students take a post-tutorial quiz in which they demonstrate their understanding of key legal concepts arising in or related to the problem. Finally, students gain access to a resource bank of past exam problems and videos in which the lecturers work through the problems step-by-step, which students can watch to prepare for similar problems in their exam.

The final exam will be open book.

Workload Expectations

This is a standard 20-point course (Law 301A and 301B). There will be around 48 hours of lectures in this course. As a general guide, you should expect a workload of three hours outside of the classroom for each hour spent in class. The guideline for the total workload for this course is 200 hours.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at lectures, however lectures will be available as recordings. Attendance is expected at tutorials. The course may include optional live online events including group discussions. Attendance on campus is required for the exam. The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

The main resources for Land Law are found on the Canvas page. A casebook and electronic reading materials can be found on Canvas. 

The following legislation is required. A compilation of the relevant statutes will be available for purchase at Ubiq:
  •  Land Transfer Act 2017 
  • Sch 5 to the Land Transfer Regulations 2018 
  • Property Law Act 2007 
  • Unit Titles Act 2010 
There is no prescribed text for the course. We recommend Toomey (ed) New Zealand Land Law (3rd ed, 2017). More information about course resources, including other helpful texts, will be given in class and on Canvas.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

In the SET evaluations for 2020, over 90% of students strongly agreed or agreed with the statement "Overall, I was satisfied with the quality of this course."

Other Information

In 2021, the teaching team is Professor David Grinlinton, Katherine Sanders and Jayden Houghton.

Jayden Houghton is the course director in semester one and Professor David Grinlinton is the course director in semester two.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

In Land Law, students also get access to "extra for experts" resources, including videos of the lecturers working through past problems, and exemplar answers.

Academic Integrity

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 their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course director, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a Student Academic and Support Adviser as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 20/11/2020 12:56 p.m.