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LAWS311 Family Law

Law and procedures concerning the formation and breakdown of family relationships, and the relationship between family and state. Legal recognition of theories of human relationships.

Family law is a central part of the general practice of law. All lawyers should have a general knowledge of family law, both for their professional and personal life. There are also a growing number of lawyers who become specialists in family law.

Paper title Family Law
Paper code LAWS311
Subject Law
EFTS 0.2
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,359.40
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,424.80

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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
LAWS 411, LAWS 511
Limited to
Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
Teaching staff

Teaching staff to be confirmed


All course materials for this paper are provided to students at the beginning of the academic year.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
The goal of the paper is that by the end students should be able to handle complex family law problems on behalf of a client in a confident and effective manner. They should also be able to understand and analyse the policy choices on which family law has been built.

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Not offered in 2021

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system