Faculty of Law

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton Full year 2014 (Day)


This unit provides high achieving students with an opportunity to research, write and present a significant piece of original work. Students will write a thesis under the supervision of an academic member of staff, on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the Chief Examiner. Students will also publically present the main findings of their research and participate in a seminar program.


The unit aims to:

  • provide an opportunity for students to undertake a considered and in-depth analysis of legal issues in a particular area and to formulate and articulate legal and policy issues
  • develop skills of critical analysis and original thought
  • encourage the interchange of knowledge and ideas between students and teachers in order to achieve a high quality of legal scholarship
  • develop students' competency in legal research skills
  • enhance students' organisational, presentational and writing skills.

Students who successfully complete LAW5207 should, in general:

  • have acquired a detailed knowledge and expertise in the area of the topic which is the subject of the thesis
  • have their capacity for critical analysis and original thought enhanced
  • have an enhanced competency in legal research skills
  • have the ability to research, organise and present legal and policy issues in a succinct and scholarly manner
  • have planned, executed and reported on a piece of research or scholarship with some independence.


Thesis (8,000-10,000 words) 80%

Presentation of thesis findings (at Honours Conference at end of Semester 2) 10%

Attendance and participation in the supporting Honours Research Seminar Program (2 x 1 day events being the Honours Orientation Day and Honours Conference and 2 x half day Honours Seminars including completion of set exercises ahead of these seminars) 10%

Chief examiner(s)


LAW1100 OR LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104

There is an academic entry requirement, see details on the Faculty webpage on Honours.

No more than 72 credit points remaining to complete the law requirements for the degree at the time of commencing the unit.