University of Technology Sydney

77740 Research Paper

6cp; 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): ( 78101c Postgraduate Legal Research OR ((22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C07122 Graduate Diploma Legal Studies OR 22 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04264 Master of Legal Studies)) OR 77905 Preparing for Intellectual Property Practice OR ((94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 142 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04250 Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04363 Juris Doctor Master of Intellectual Property OR 94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04364 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Trade Mark Law and Practice) AND 70106c Principles of Public International Law AND 70107c Principles of Company Law) OR (94 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04320 Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice AND 70106 Principles of Public International Law))
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Anti-requisite(s): 76040 Research Thesis AND 78102 LLM Project by Research


This subject must be undertaken before a student can be awarded a postgraduate law degree with distinction. It can also be taken as an elective subject.

This subject is designed to enable students to acquire higher order research and writing skills, and to have the opportunity to undertake a 6000 word written work on an approved topic of law. The written work will be undertaken in a format appropriate to the topic, for example academic essay, NGO Report, government submission, opinion for counsel. This enables students to further develop their communication and research skills by writing a sustained and persuasive argument that demonstrates their ability to articulate legal issues, evaluate and synthesise research materials, and to think creatively and strategically. The variety of formats gives students exposure to forms of writing that they may encounter in their future employment.

Students undertake four two-hour workshops designed to enable them to acquire the analysis and research skills required to undertake a substantial piece of writing. They are aided to define the topic, choose a method and to improve practical research skills. Students are then supported through the writing process by an academic supervisor who provides feedback on the progress of the written work and the students' 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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