LAW 498 : Advanced Legal Research, Writing and Communication


2023 Summer School (1230) (0 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Satisfactory completion of such advanced legal research, writing, communication and other requirements as determined by the Dean of Faculty of Law.

Course Overview

LAW 498 is a compulsory requirement of the LLB/LLB(Hons) degree :
1. Every LLB and LLB (Hons) student must enrol in and successfully complete the requirements of LAW 498.
2. LAW 498 must be completed as part of the final semester of study on your LLB programme. Honours students
should complete it before the dissertation.
3. If, after you enrol in LAW 498, you have not completed all requirements within two semesters you will receive
a ‘DNC’ on your transcript. Summer School does not count in this calculation. So for example, if you have
enrolled in LAW 498 in semester one of 2020 but do not complete the course requirements by the end of
semester two in 2020 then your transcript will include a DNC for this course.
4. Check with your Student Adviser if you are unsure about any of the course requirements for LAW 498.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: LAW 201, 211, 231, 241 Restriction: LAW 400, 499

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. Demonstrate advanced legal research, analytical and writing skills by completing a sustained piece of legal writing of a minimum of 4000 words. (Capability 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
  2. Prepare and present written and oral submissions around complex questions of law in a simulated formal moot court. (Capability 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Presentation 50% Group & Individual Coursework
Assignment 50% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2

Workload Expectations

This course involves participation in a moot having successfully completed all core courses at Parts I and II and the fulllment of a writing requirement in conjunction with an elective course in Part III or IV, supervised research or Honours seminar paper. There are no other attendance or participation requirements attaching to the successful completion of this course.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Aside from attendance at the moot, there are no attendance or participation requirements specifically attached to the successful completion of this course.

Learning 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.

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.

This course does not include the SET process.

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.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

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 course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, 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 students may be asked to submit 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. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 01/11/2022 11:20 a.m.