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Build on the research skills gained in undergraduate studies to enable an understanding of the methodologies used in legal research. You'll formulate and refine a research topic, locate source materials using advanced technologies and present a research proposal, including literature review and any necessary ethics approval. In this unit, you will study:

  • nature and objectives of legal research
  • methodologies used in legal and interdisciplinary research
  • managing a research project
  • building advanced skills in legal research techniques
  • conducting research on a specific area
  • practising academic integrity in legal research and writing.

This unit is highly recommended for students who have never completed a legal research methodologies unit.

SCU lecturer, Helen Walsh on the Advanced Legal Research unit.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the nature and objectives of legal research
  • Engage in the methodologies used in legal and interdisciplinary research
  • Use advanced legal research techniques to identify, evaluate, record and manage legal and non-legal materials
  • Engage competently in research in a specialised area of law, locally and internationally
  • Practise academic integrity and ethical behaviour in advanced legal research and writing.

Unit assessor

Ms Helen Walsh Lecturer at the SCU School of Law and Justice and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.


You are assessed according to the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Quiz: 10%
  • Literature review: 40%
  • Project proposal: 50%.


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Laws (Business Law)Master of Business Law and Graduate Certificate in Business Law.   Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on for more information based on your particular circumstances.