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LAWS6048

Advanced Legal Research I

10 Units

This course (which must be undertaken in the first semester of the LLM program) will develop students’ capacity to undertake legal research at an advanced level. The course will critically examine the theoretical bases of legal research and the methodologies and methods through which legal research is conducted in both a professional and scholarly context. Students will explore frameworks of legal research, and the core methodologies in legal research (including doctrinal, policy and theoretical research). The course will also allow students to apply specialised knowledge and skill in framing a research project that may be pursued in the later subject LAWS6049 Advanced Legal Research II.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability
Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge and integrated understanding of the theoretical bases of legal research.
  2. demonstrate advanced knowledge and integrated understanding of the methodologies through which legal research is conducted in both a professional and scholarly context.
  3. demonstrate critical understanding and reflective evaluation of the theoretical bases of legal research, and the methodologies utilised in legal research.
  4. apply specialised knowledge, capacity and skill in designing and critically evaluating a proposal for an advanced legal research project.
  5. engage in high level written communication in explaining and justifying research design to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  6. identify, access (including using electronic databases) and analyse primary and secondary legal material (and relevant interdisciplinary material) at an advanced level.
Content

The topics in this course include:

  1. Introduction to Advanced Legal Research
  2. Theoretical Approaches to Legal Research and Law
    • Overview of Western Legal Theory
  3. Legal Research Methodologies
    • Doctrinal Legal Research
    • Theoretical Research
    • Policy Research
  4. Legal Research Skills
    • Identifying and accessing primary and secondary legal material (and relevant interdisciplinary material)
  5. Designing/Formulating a Research Topic
  6. Written Communication skills
Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Seminar
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 1 (research assignment – 4000 words) Assignment 2 (research proposal – 2000 words)
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for LAWS6048

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