Legal Research 1 (LAWS6077)


The primary goal of this unit is to develop skills in undertaking a significant piece of legal research at levels of sophistication suitable for examination (in case of thesis students), and/or publication. At the conclusion of the unit it is anticipated that members of the class will be able to conceptualise the issues to be researched; will be able to locate relevant legal and other materials (using both hard copy and electronic bibliographic aids); will be able to place and sustain an argument (a 'thesis'); and will be able to assess both the quality of that work and to judge the merits of other approaches to planning such research. It is expected that students will become familiar with using comparative materials (both within the federation and international), and will gain a working familiarity with relevant research techniques of other disciplines in the social sciences. The unit aims to encourage debate about the respective merits of different approaches, ethical issues, and the hallmarks of 'quality' research.

Further unit of study information


1x2-hr lecture/week


class participation (10%), 4000-6000wd essay (60%) and critical analysis of another student's research strategy essay (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Additional Information

Core unit for all Sydney Law School research degree students. The unit must be undertaken within the first year of candidature. Students will give a 20 minute presentation of the research strategy completed in this unit at their first annual progress review meeting (usually within the first year of candidature). It is not available to coursework or other students.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.