Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Advanced Legal Research Project will further develop student legal research and communication skills to an advanced level, and will require students to demonstrate specialised knowledge of the topic of their dissertation. The course consists of research and writing under supervision. The course coordinator will provide general guidance to each candidate concerning the definition of the topic of a proposed legal research project, and will also be available to facilitate appropriate supervision of the dissertation paper which will usually be 8,000-10,000 words in length and to give guidance to candidates 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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2018
  • Semester 1 - 2018

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Design an advanced legal research project regarding a 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 a cogent argument that 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 coordinator will be responsible for providing guidance to each candidate in the course concerning the definition of the topic of a proposed research project, and will arrange supervison. A supervisor of a research project will be responsible for providing appropriate guidance to the candidate at all stages of the research process.


Students must be enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or Master of Laws, or Master of Human Resources and Law or Master of Environmental Law programs.

Assumed knowledge

For students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice this course is only available to students in their final year of full-time study (or relevant equivalent for part-time students).

Assessment items

Thesis: Dissertation research paper

Participation: Participation in workshops and seminars

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct and WebLearn GradSchool


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Fortnight for 12 Weeks

Students will meet with their supervisor (either in person Newcastle City Precinct students or via video conferencing for WebLearn students) by arrangement (approximately every 2-3 weeks across one semester) to discuss their research paper.