• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Cameron Roles
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
    Second Semester 2020
    See Future Offerings

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:

  1. undertake a focused but systematic study of a legal issue of the student’s own choosing;
  2. present the results of that study in a written form which is accessible to an interested, but not necessarily informed, legal reader;
  3. demonstrate critical thinking skills enabling review, analysis, consolidation and synthesis of knowledge to propose a somewhat original solution to a complex legal problem;
  4. demonstrate legal project management skills;
  5. research with some degree of independence within a supervisory relationship;
  6. develop their understanding of legal research methodology and its limits; and
  7. demonstrate an advanced understanding of relevant legal theory and legal doctrine.

Other Information

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 in this course, a student must have an average mark of 70% or more achieved in ALL law courses completed at ANU. The sub-dean may exercise discretion on the entry requirement for transferring students (ie those that transferred from the LLB program to the current LLBHons program).

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

NB: the calculation for entry to SRP is different to the calculation for honours level upon graduation.

If you wish to undertake a Supervised Research Paper (or Honours Thesis) please note that the application process has changed.

Please go to the ANU College of Law website for information and the application form https://law.anu.edu.au/supervised-research-paper

Indicative Assessment

  1. 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). (100) [LO null]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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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 may be recommended. Individual research and study and supervisory meetings may total the equivalent of a minimum of 12 hours of study per week.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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 Bachelor of Law (Honours). To be eligible to enrol this course, a student must have an average mark of 70% or more achieved in all law courses.

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

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the 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:
12 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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $8220
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $10920
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
4169 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9169 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 Online or In Person View

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