3Advanced Legal Research and Writing consists of research and writing under supervision. The course co-ordinator will provide general guidance to each candidate and will also be available to facilitate appropriate supervision and give guidance to the candidate at all stages of the dissertation research program. Enrolment in this course is not guaranteed, as it depends on the availability of Law School staff with capacity to supervise the chosen topic.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
Newcastle City Precinct
- Semester 1 - 2021
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Design an advanced legal research project regarding and specialised topic of law and/or legal policy.
2. Utilise specialised knowledge of legal research design and methods to evaluate and critically reflect upon the design of an advanced legal research project.
3. Carry out advanced legal research by using primary and secondary legal sources, as well as the possible use of interdisciplinary material, in order to develop and structure cogent argument which demonstrates specialised knowledge of an area of law and/or legal policy.
The syllabus will consist of research and writing under supervision within the School of Law. The course co-ordinator will be responsible for providing guidance to each candidate in the course concerning the definition of the topic of a proposed dissertation, and facilitating supervision. A supervisor of a LAWS5005 dissertation will be responsible for providing appropriate guidance to the candidate at all stages of the research program for the dissertation.
The course will develop the following skills in particular:
- Legal research and database use
- Theory and Methodology
- Structural and Writing Skills
This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.
LAWS1010, LAWS1011, LAWS1020, LAWS1021, LAWS2030, LAWS3040, and LAWS3041.
The course is only available to students in their fourth or final year of study (or part time equivalent) in the LAWS or LAWS/Dip Leg Prac.
Thesis: Written Thesis
Newcastle City Precinct
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for 12 Weeks
Students will meet with their supervisor by arrangement (approx. every 2-3 weeks across one semester) to discuss their research paper. Responsibility for arranging supervision will rest with the student and supervisor.
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