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LAWS6049

Advanced Legal Research II

10 Units

This course (which must be undertaken in the second semester of the LLM program) will refine and further develop students’ capacity to undertake legal research at an advanced level. Students will explore specialised theoretical approaches and methodologies for legal research (with an emphasis on the law in society tradition and socio-legal research). Specific research methods (including both qualitative and quantitative methods) will be analysed. Students will be required to critically analyse the research frameworks, methodologies and methods through which legal research is conducted in both a professional and scholarly context. Students will apply specialised knowledge and skill and exercise expert judgment in designing and completing an advanced legal research project in this course. (Students will be permitted to refine and extend the research proposal developed in the earlier subject LAWS6048 Advanced Legal Research I for this purpose).

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Objectives

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

  1. demonstrate further and more specialised knowledge and integrated understanding of the theoretical bases of legal research.
  2. demonstrate further and more specialised 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, methodologies and methods utilised in legal research.
  4. apply specialised knowledge, capacity and skill and exercise expert judgment in designing and completing an advanced legal research project.
  5. engage in high level oral and written communication in explaining research design to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  6. engage in high level written communication in developing and structuring a cogent written argument which demonstrates specialised knowledge of an area of law.
Content

The topics in this course include:

  1. Theoretical Approaches to Legal Research and Law
    • Law in Society
    • Law and Economics
  2. Legal Research Methodologies
    • Socio-Legal Research
  3. Legal Research Methods
    • Qualitative Methods
    • Quantitative Methods
  4. Refining a Research Topic and/or Proposal
  5. Advanced Written Communication skills
  6. Oral Communication skills
Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge LAWS6048 Advanced Legal Research I
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Seminar
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Legal Research Paper (6000 words)
  • Presentations - Individual - Oral Presentation of Research Proposal
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for LAWS6049

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