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.
- 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.
Ms Helen Walsh
Lecturer at the SCU School of Law and Justice and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
- Quiz (due Week 2): 10%
- Literature review (due Week 5): 40%
- Project proposal (due Week 7): 50%.
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.