The ability to conduct research into complex legal problems and the ability to write about law, addressing a range of audiences, are essential skills for any lawyer. This course builds on the legal research and writing skills introduced in first year and acquired during compulsory courses throughout the degree to date. It will cover a range of research and writing topics.
Research related topics include: identifying and framing research questions; different types of legal research (e.g. doctrinal, empirical and socio-legal); how to amass and assess information utilising a range of research techniques both traditional and digital, including complex online databases.
Writing related topics will include: the importance of knowing one's audience; effective written communication styles and techniques; how to structure different forms of legal writing (e.g. legal advice, legal policy and academic writing).
The course will be taught in a series of modules by different experts covering a range of legal research and writing techniques. It is expected that the course will also include guest speakers who conduct research in a range of legally-related professional contexts.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Compare different types of legal research and evaluate their suitability for addressing a range of research questions
- Investigate and apply a range of legal research techniques
- Determine and implement research strategies that are ethically robust and which recognise and value diverse culture and traditions
- Construct and apply strategies for managing, organising, and assessing data
- Choose appropriate forms of legal writing to communicate to a range of audiences
- Develop a plan to address a specific legal research question
- Completion of four online quizzes and short-answer tests on legal research, each worth 10% (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Completion of a detailed research plan: framing a specific question and its scope and identifying the information needed to address the question together with the research sources, techniques and communication styles to be used. (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
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- Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 36 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. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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