• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Jolyon Ford
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
    Second Semester 2023
    See Future Offerings

A research paper may be taken as part of a Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, Master of Financial Management and Law or the Master of International Law and Diplomacy program. The course is worth 12 units and involves the completion of a 12,000-16,000 word research thesis that will take the place of two standard courses. Students will organise supervisors according to the published supervised allocation process that is required in the semester before the commencement of the Graduate Research Paper.

 

The research project is designed to build upon previous foundational and elective courses and allow students to develop cutting-edge legal research under the supervision of a member of staff.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply advanced specialised knowledge and research skills to undertake an in-depth, critical analysis with respect to the area of law relevant to the topic;
  2. Identify, analyse and reflect upon a complex body of knowledge in the area of law relevant to the topic;
  3. Critically reflect upon and synthesise complex information, issues, concepts and theories as they apply in the area of law relevant to the topic chosen;
  4. Apply advanced knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a researcher.

Other Information

The course may be taken as part of an LLM program. The GRU is worth 12 units and involves the completion of a 12000-16000 word research thesis.


If you wish to undertake a Graduate Research Unit, 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/graduate-research-unit

 

Indicative Assessment

  1. The Graduate Research Unit course requires a research paper of between 12,000 and 16,000 words in length. (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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.

Workload

  • Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
  • Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week.

Click here for the LLM Masters Program course list

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a; - Master of Laws (MLLM) and have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; have completed LAWS8800 Advanced Introduction to Legal Methods and Legal Writing and a distinction (70%) average across 24 units; or - Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and a distinction (70%) average across 24 units with a minimum of two LAWS8000; have completed LAWS8800 Advanced Introduction to Legal Methods and Legal Writing; or - Master of Financial Management and Law (MFIML); have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; have completed LAWS8800 Advanced Introduction to Legal Methods and Legal Writing; and a distinction (70%) average across 24 units of LAWS8000 courses. - Master of International Law and Diplomacy (MINLD); have completed or be completing LAWS8586 Law and Legal Institutions; have completed LAWS8800 Advanced Introduction to Legal Methods and Legal Writing; and and a distinction (70%) average across 24 units of LAWS8000 courses. Enrolment is limited with selection based on a competitive process. Application information can be located on the ANU College of Law Website.

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 two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
34
Unit value:
12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $9720
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $12360
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
4118 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 Online or In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7148 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 Online or In Person N/A

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