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Legal Research and Writing Skills PG (11445.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


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This unit will allow students to develop enhanced legal research skills, an understanding of different types of legal research and research methodologies, and a firm grounding in legal writing. Students intending to undertake a Research Thesis will develop their research proposal within this unit.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of relevant legal research principles and methods;

2. Demonstrate high-level research skills by investigating complex literature, ideas and concepts;

3. Demonstrate communication skills by presenting research findings in writing.

Students intending to undertake a Research Thesis will also be able to: 4. Develop a research proposal suitable for a 10,000 - 12,000-word Masters-level Research Thesis.

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Contact Hours

Three hours of interactive workshops on campus per week.


This unit is only available to students in the Juris Doctor, Masters of Laws, Masters of Laws (Research) or Masters of Legal Studies courses.

Students must have passed 11431 Foundations of Law and Justice G or equivalent.



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Equivalent Units

6621 Advanced Legal Research and Writing PG

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