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78102 LLM Project by Research

8cp; availability: Master of Laws, Master of Intellectual Property, Master of Dispute Resolution, Master of Legal Studies, Juris Doctor, Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration, Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies, and Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution
Requisite(s): ( 78100c Postgraduate Legal Research OR ((102 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 102 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration) AND 70717 Evidence and Criminal Procedure))
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Anti-requisite(s): 76040 Research Thesis AND 77740 Research Paper


This subject comprises the research and writing of a supervised thesis on an approved topic in law. This subject must be undertaken before a student can be awarded a postgraduate law degree with distinction. The thesis is in the range of 10,000 to 12,000 words in length. Students engage in high order legal research and scholarship appropriate to legal practice and future higher degree academic study.

Students have the opportunity to critically analyse and evaluate a topic of law of their own choosing. Students refine a thesis topic and apply an appropriate methodology to answer the research question identified. Students further develop their communication and research skills by writing a sustained and persuasive argument that demonstrates the ability to articulate legal issues, evaluate and synthesise research materials, and to think creatively and strategically. Students attend an initial workshop and engage in discussion (led by faculty academics and relevant panels of UTS staff, including library staff, and former UTS: Law honours students) on central aspects for the submission of a well-crafted thesis. This includes discussion of methodology; writing skills; integrity and time management. Students are supported through the process of writing the thesis by their academic supervisor who provides feedback on the progress of the thesis and student learning. Students also develop skills in self-management by undertaking self-directed work and learning and by responding to and applying feedback.


This research paper may be used toward partial fulfilment of the award of distinction for Juris Doctor (C04236) students only.

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