Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course will provide the opportunity for students to gain an advanced and integrated understanding of a legal topic area in which they have specific interest and for which expert supervision is available from academic staff. Apart from gaining a detailed knowledge and extended understanding of the content in the particular topic area, students will develop their cognitive skills in analysis, synthesis and critical evaluation of complex information, problems, concepts and theories.

Note: Students can only study this course once during their program.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2018
  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the content of the particular topic area.

2. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the law and concepts relative to the particular topic area.

3. Demonstrate specialised cognitive skills in the oral and written presentation of assessment tasks to the academic supervisor, NLS academic staff and NLS students based on the course materials.

4. Demonstrate mastery of relevant theoretical knowledge and expert ability to analyse and synthesise complex information, problems and concepts in the particular topic area.

5. Analyse and critically evaluate developments in the particular topic area that contribute to professional practice.


The course content will vary with the particular topic area chosen as of special interest to the student and supervisor.

A written schedule of lecture topics will be provided in the Course Outline in Week 1 of the semester in which the course is offered.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or Master of Laws programs.

Assumed knowledge

For Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice students: LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Research Paper

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Presentation: Presentation or Vive Voce Examinations

Portfolio: Learning Portfolio

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

To be arranged between student/s and the supervising academic on the basis that there will be a minimum of 13 hours face to face during the semester and other learning methods in relation to professional practice of the legal topic area.