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LAWS511 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 are also a growing number of lawyers who become specialists in family law.

Paper title Family Law
Paper code LAWS511
Subject Law
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2022 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,985.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $8,031.00

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LAWS 311, LAWS 411
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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, expected to be offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system