• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    Second Semester 2015
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Students enrolled in Bachelor of Laws (Honours) programs from 1 January 2015 have the option to compete for places in Supervised Research Paper.  This course will enable a student to complete, over one semester, a 12 unit course where students write a 13000 word supervised research paper that will take the place of two standard one semester electives in the LLBHons program. Students will organise supervisors according to any supervised allocation process that is required in the semester before the commencement of Supervised Research Paper.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of Supervised Research Paper, students should have:
- undertaken a focused but systematic study of a legal issue of the student’s own choosing;
- presented the results of that study in a written form which is accessible to an interested, but not necessarily informed, legal reader;
- demonstrated critical thinking skills enabling review, analysis, consolidation and synthesis of knowledge to propose a somewhat original solution to a complex legal problem;
- demonstrated legal project management skills;
- researched with some degree of independence within a supervisory relationship;
- developed their understanding of legal research methodology and its limits; and
- demonstrated an advanced understanding of relevant legal theory and legal doctrine.

Other Information

Students will need to start the process for be allocated a supervisor the semester before enrolling in the course. See LLB Program Site on WATTLE for further information.

Indicative Assessment

Students will produce a 13000 word paper under supervision and that will be worth 100% of the course grade (12 units of LAWS elective courses).

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


Students will not have formal class hours but attendance at seminars held at the ANU College of Law, or, ad hoc seminars organised by the Convenor of Supervised Research Paper (and/or the Convenor of LAWS3202 Honours Thesis) may be recommended.  Individual research and study and supervisory meetings may total the equivalent of a minimum of 12 hours of study per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Permission is required to enrol in this course. This course must be taken in a student's ultimate or penultimate semester of study. To be eligible to enrol this course, a student must have an average mark of 70% or more achieved in all law courses completed before the semester in which the elective is to be studied.

You will need to contact the Law School to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3629 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3648 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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