MLH402 - Legal Research Project


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Cloud (online)

Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in M412

Prerequisite: MLH401
Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

No compulsory weekly contact. Students will however be in contact with their supervisors/advisers on a regular basis throughout the trimester, as agreed between the student and supervisor/adviser.


This unit is one of two units required for completion of the LLB (Honours) degree. Students are required to demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in the application of online and print research resources that relate to case law, legislation, and legal literature, and advanced writing skills that integrate critical thinking and synthetic analysis. This unit will require students to demonstrate advanced abilities to:
1. Identify substantive legal issues that need to be researched, and to understand the social, political and theoretical contexts in which they are relevant. This requires students to acquire knowledge of the conventions of the Australian and (as relevant) the international legal system; knowledge about the reference sources available for that system; and an understanding of the dynamics that may influence the way the legal research question has been asked.
2. Formulate a research strategy and plan that utilises the variety of print based and electronic resources available, including bibliographic tools. This process is variously referred to in the literature as doctrinal research, library-based research, and bibliographic research.
3. Evaluate the currency, jurisdiction, and authority of the sources used and the material located. This involves a process of interpretation and critical analysis.
4. Synthesise the arguments from the material located by analysing how the cases, statutes, and other materials located fit together, and how the principles distilled from that synthesising process apply to the legal problem to be resolved.

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