LAWS5510 Advanced Legal Research (by Invitation) Part 2

12 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. It requires the submission of a 10,000-word supervised research paper towards the end of October in second semester. It also requires students to submit a 2000-word research proposal for assessment in first semester. Students are required to attend six training seminars. The first is an introduction. The second to fourth of these give formal instruction on legal research methods, advanced legal library searches and the preparation of a research proposal. The fifth seminar is directed at writing up a research paper for publication and the final seminar is a session on publications and postgraduate education.

Students are also required to attend and participate in a presentation of their work-in-progress during first semester. The unit aims to engage students with a chosen area of legal research embedded with formal training in research methods, and high level supervision of their research over the year. Students are selected by way of invitation based on their coursework average at the end of the second year of the Juris Doctor (JD) for enrolment in the third year of the JD.
Students are able to (1) engage in formal research training throughout the year; (2) demonstrate a good understanding of legal research methods and academic writing through the submission of a 2000-word (assessed) research proposal; (3) display commitment and engagement with their research through the oral presentation of their work-in-progress to their peers, higher research degree students and academic staff; (4) participate in a research culture which involves compulsory attendance at other research presentations; and (5) develop understanding and knowledge of the process of writing for publication through attendance at seminars aimed at developing publication skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal and (2) research paper. 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 research proposal and research paper components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Erika Techera
Unit rules
invitation to enrol in this unit from the Honours and Advanced Legal Research Committee
Advisable prior study:
Levels 1 and 2 of Juris Doctor must be completed
Contact hours
six training seminars, as well as a presentation of work-in-progress
Unit Outline
Semester 2-2020 [SEM-2-2020]
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