LAWS5512 Supervised Research

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit involves the completion of a short non-assessable proposal to the supervisor, followed by the submission of a 7000-word supervised research paper. It also requires attendance in the three seminars prescribed for Advanced Legal Research A and B, and participation in a seminar on writing a research paper for publication prescribed for Advanced Legal Research A and B or approved equivalent.

The unit aims to provide students with the opportunity to choose a specific topic on an area of the law which interests them, and to produce a written piece of legal research which is in a publishable form. It therefore promotes research skills and facilitates the publication of their work.
Students are able to (1) develop their skills in legal research, including the location of relevant journal articles and other publications relevant to their topic of research; (2) produce a well researched and clearly written and structured piece of critical legal thinking; and (3) develop their research paper into a form suitable for publication in a well respected journal.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) submission of a 1000-word proposal and (2) submission of a 7000-word research paper on a topic approved by the student's supervisor. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the submission of a 1000-word proposal component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Melanie O'Brien
Unit rules
a minimum of 72 credit points which must include: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics
LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Contact hours
This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.
Unit Outline
Students must not enrol in this unit until they have discussed the suitability and relevance of a potential topic with the proposed supervisor. Enrolment in this unit is conditional on the availability of an appropriate supervisor. Guidelines for style, format and submission of research papers are the same as for honours dissertations—refer to the Honours Brochure.

The STREAMLINED process is: (1) Student identifies a potential thesis topic, and then identify a suitable supervisor with expertise in this area. Your supervisor will ideally be a Law School academic staff member. A full list of academic staff can be found here; (2) approach your proposed supervisor to discuss their availability to supervise and your proposed topic, and download the Supervisor Nomination Form and ask the supervisor who has agreed to supervise to complete the form; (3) Send the completed form to the Law Support Office via email (pay attention to the deadline), and meanwhile enrol in the unit online by yourself; (4) Once the above processes are completed, your online enrolment will still remain 'invalid' but the Law Support Office will enrol you manually into the unit. Please note, if you do not complete and return your Supervisor Nomination Form, you will not be enrolled in the unit and your enrolment will remain ‘invalid'.

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