Practical Skills LLB Papers

Modern lawyers need good skills in communication, advocacy, and dispute resolution - so we have made these skills a key part of the Waikato Law degree.

LEGAL306  - Dispute Resolution
LEGAL401  - The Law of Evidence
LEGAL402  - Civil Procedure
LEGAL449  - Mediation: Law, Principles and Practice
LEGAL458  - Advocacy

LEGAL306Y Dispute Resolution (20 points)

An introduction to current and developing dispute resolution techniques. Students are exposed to the theory, general principles and practical dimensions of advocacy and adjudication, arbitration, client interviewing and negotiation, and mediation.

Internal assessment/examination ratio: 1:0

LEGAL401A The Law of Evidence (20 points)

An examination of the principles of the law of evidence in criminal and civil cases.

Internal assessment/examination ratio: 1:1

LEGAL402A Civil Procedure (20 points)

An examination of the jurisdiction and procedure of the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal in civil cases, with particular emphasis on High Court proceedings, the principles of pleading and the drafting of documents.

Internal assessment/examination ratio: 1:0

LEGAL449T Mediation: Law, Principles and Practice (20 points)

This paper will offer students an opportunity to understand mediation at an advanced level. It will examine legal aspects of mediation, theories in relation to practice as well as practical training and skill development.

Internal assessment/examination ratio: 1:0

LEGAL458A Advocacy (10 points)

Taught by legal practitioners in the Court, for students wishing to pursue a career in litigation and court work. This paper aims to introduce the role of the advocate in society. Participants will develop practical advocacy skills, informed by examination of the function of the advocate in trial and non-trial settings.

Internal assessment/examination ratio: 1:0

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