The unit of study involves advanced legal research and writing on a topic of the student's choice. In consultation with the unit of study co-ordinator, students select their own research topics and formulate their research program. The topic should not duplicate a topic undertaken by a student in respect of coursework units of study for which a significant paper was written and submitted. The research and writing must be completed during one semester under the supervision of a member of staff and will involve the writing of a research paper of 7000-9000 words.

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BLB1101 - Australian Legal System in Context

BLB1114 - Legal Research Methods

This unit is only available to students who have been enrolled in Bachelor of Laws (BLAW), Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry) (BLGE), Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts (BLAA), Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Business(BBLC, BBLL, BLBA, BLBE, BLBF, BLBI, BLBM, BLBT, BLBU or BLEV) since PRIOR to 2015.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exemplify high level competency in legal research in respect of all categories of research materials: primary and secondary; domestic and foreign;  
  2. Conceptually map the intersection between theory and practice with intellectual independence;  
  3. Extrapolate and interpret legal research implications, knowledge and skills to provide solutions to complex legal problems related to local and global communities;  
  4. Exercise critical thinking and judgement in the learning and application of law, drawing on knowledge of research principles and methods of law and cognate disciplines;  
  5. Design and implement a research study to investigate an original question through analysis, critical review and interpretation of relevant data;  
  6. Compose a scholarly advanced legal research dissertation presenting a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences; and  
  7. Troubleshoot and manage a research project to successful completion.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Research Paper 7000-9000 words due week 12 100%

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