LAW550 Legal Research Dissertation (32)


The student will write a dissertation at Masters research level which involves determining a topic in legal studies, identifying a methodology, and carrying out supervised research into the topic in accordance with the methodology, reaching a conclusion which is located within a body of existing literature. The methodology may be empirical, legal, historical or theoretical.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate an ability to undertake legal research
- be able to conduct a literature survey
- be able to present a logically structured paper on the scale of a long research article
- be able to contribute to new knowledge through research and scholarship in this field.


The subject will cover the following topics:
No specific topics are set. Admission to this subject requires the submission of a 100 word abstract of a proposed research topic, including an indication of the methodology involved (philosophical/empirical/doctrinal etc) and a brief list of key reading, to the Course Coordinator who will approve the proposal. Those accepted into the subject should agree upon a research outline (approximately 400-600 words) within a month. Thereafter the supervisor will make suggestions as to reading, methodology, structure, content and presentation of the research project and will provide comments on any written work provided from time to time by the student. The topic should be within the scope of ethics and legal studies.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.