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LAWS411 Family Law

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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 is also a growing number of lawyers who become specialists in family law.

Paper title Family Law
Paper code LAWS411
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $679.70
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,212.40

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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
LAWS 311, LAWS 511
Limited to
Not all optional papers will be available in any given year.
Teaching staff

Associate Professor Nicola Taylor


Course readings are available via eReserve

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

Students who successfully complete this paper should

  • Develop understanding of how best to resolve complex multi-issue child and family law disputes on behalf of clients in a confident and effective manner
  • Be able to critically analyse issues of principle and policy raised by the family justice system and its operation in practice

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 16:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22