Subject details

On successful completion of this subject you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of legal methodology
  2. critically evaluate an area of the law chosen by the student in consultation with the lecturer
  3. demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions and identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues
  4. design and plan a project, including development and testing of research questions, and obtaining and assimilating scholarly material from a range of sources to produce a substantial contribution to research.
  • Topics
    • Learning in this unit occurs principally through self-directed learning in legal research under the supervision of the unit co-ordinator.
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials

Entry Requirements

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:


You are normally expected to be in your final session of the JD. Exceptions may be granted, at the Program Director's discretion, if you are approaching your final Session(s) of the degree.

Special requirements

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    Classes (attendance compulsory; recording &/or virtual participation for OUA):

    Thursday 1 March (Week 1)
    Group introductory session for LRP, explaining the research process, methodologies, etc

    [end of Week 2 – multiple choice quiz due]

    Thurs 15 March (Week 3)
    Group session – discussion & feedback on draft research proposals
    [end of Week 4 - research proposals due]

    Thurs 12 April (Week 6)
    Progress check-in session

    Thurs 3 May (Week 9)
    Progress check-in session
    [end of Week 11 – final research papers due]

    21-24 May (Week 12) Students will be scheduled for a session to present their findings to supervisors & JD Advisory Board.

The Legal Research Project will require you to research and write a substantial research paper on a topic approved by the subject co-ordinator. The subject gives you the opportunity to engage with a substantive area of law and plan, research and write a paper that is relevant to current legal issues. The subject will require you to undertake research of a postgraduate standard and further develop your skills in legal methodology.

1. Multiple choice quiz (10%) – due end of Week 2 2. Research paper proposal (10%): o Students must attend a group session to discuss their draft proposals with LRP supervisors and other students in Week 3 – students to use the feedback to refine their proposals [OUA students to participate in this using ‘zoom’ technology or Skype/teleconference] o Final written proposal (1000 words, 10%) – due end of Week 4 3. Research paper (80%): o (a) Final paper (6,000 words, 65%) – due end of Week 11 o (b) Presentation of the research findings to team of supervisors and JD Advisory Board (10-minute presentation, 15%) – in Week 12 [OUA students to record their presentations and send via Canvas or present via Skype/ teleconference]

  • Assignment 1 - Multiple Choice Quiz (10%)
  • Assignment 2 - Research paper proposal (10%)
  • Assignment 3 - Substantial research paper (80%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject.

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