Advanced Legal Research Project

10 Units

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. Students will participate in workshops which will provide a venue for students to offer constructive peer feedback on other student research projects and to critically reflect on the development of their own research project. The course will also assist students in further developing the research design and presentation of their own dissertation through seminars on legal research design and communication skills. These seminars will build upon the specialised knowledge and skills developed in the courses LAWS6048 Advanced Legal Research I and LAWS6049 Advanced Legal Research II.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Law School
Availability Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this 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, and interdisciplinary material, in order to develop and structure a cogent argument which demonstrates specialised knowledge of an area of law and/or legal policy;
  4. Engage in high level oral and written communication in explaining research activity to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

A series of two hour workshops will be held during the semester, either in person or online, where students will:

  1. constructively comment upon and provide feedback on each other”s work and,
  2. be provided with further knowledge and skills regarding the design and completion of a legal research project at an advanced level.
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or Master of Laws programs.
Assumed Knowledge LAWS 6048 Advanced Legal Research I
Assessment Items
  • Thesis: Dissertation research paper
  • Participation: Participation in workshops and seminars

Contact Hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Fortnight for 12 Weeks
Students will meet with their supervisor by arrangement (approximately every 2-3 weeks across one semester) to discuss their research paper and attend a series of 4-6 two hour workshops will be held during the semester.

Timetable 2017 Course Timetables for LAWS6043
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