MLJ770 - Research Thesis


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Online 
Trimester 2: Online

Credit point(s): 2
Previously coded as: MLM707
EFTSL value: 0.250

MLP708 and MLP713, and 10 additional Law (MLC/MLJ/MLM/MLP/MLT) units

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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.

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.


Enrolment in this unit must be approved by the unit chair, as it requires that appropriate research supervision be available. Please email the unit chair if you wish to enrol.


This unit will require students to demonstrate, by completion of a research project, advanced abilities to:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • evaluate the currency, jurisdiction, and authority of the sources used and the material located. This involves a process of interpretation and critical analysis.
  • 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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