|Year of offer||2018|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework Level 5|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject is available only to editors of Melbourne University Law Review (MULR), who, as editors, are committed to making a substantial intellectual contribution to MULR during the enrolled semester. The nature of the ‘substantial intellectual contribution’ required may vary depending on the nature of their work with MULR.
Making a ‘substantial intellectual contribution’ is an implicit hurdle requirement for the subject, which permits students to provide evidence of what they have learnt about the nature of legal research from undertaking their tasks within MULR. This evidence takes the form of the writing tasks specified below, requiring engagement with legal scholarship as well as critical reflection on work undertaken.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to do some of the following, depending on the nature of their chosen assessment task:
- Write in a style suitable for a generalist university law journal publication;
- State an informed personal perspective or position relative to a discrete area of legal research published in the journal;
- Describe and discuss the broad state of the research field relevant to the journal, and identify where their personal views and approaches are placed relative to that body of research;
- Perceive the diversity of what classifies as legal research, including its underlying philosophies and approaches; and
- Identify trends in legal research, including what drivers may influence those trends.
Upon completion of the subject, students will have developed some of the following skills, depending on the nature of the assessment task they have chosen to undertake:
- Analysis of the nature and quality of legal research, including an ability to:
- Read legal research in a critical and informed manner;
- Critically engage with new ideas;
- Understand and apply ethics in academia;
- Situate a particular piece of legal research within a broader body of scholarship and within a particular style or approach; and
- Develop and express a personal position on legal research.
- Legal writing skills, including an ability to:
- Conduct, use and synthesise legal research;
- Convey a coherent appraisal of legal research;
- Edit complex pieces which offer comprehensible analysis of legal research; and
- Write persuasively and engagingly about the complex tasks involved in managing a journal.
Eligibility and requirements
Only approved applicants can enrol into this subject. Enrolment requires the permission of the Subject Coordinator.
To obtain such permission, the student, who is an editor, must undertake in writing to the Subject Coordinator to make a substantial intellectual contribution to the Melbourne University Law Review during the semester that the student is enrolled in the subject.
Successful completion of all the below subjects:
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|LAWS50023||Legal Method and Reasoning||
|LAWS50024||Principles of Public Law||
Students who have completed the below subject are not permitted to take LAWS50058 Melbourne University Law Review:
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|LAWS50060||Melbourne Journal of International Law||
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- Hurdle Requirement: A reflective work-log (1,000 words) submitted to the Subject Coordinator specifying in outline the substantial intellectual contribution made to MULR in the enrolled semester and reflecting on the broad state of the research field relevant to MULR and other subject objectives in light of the work undertaken. Marking code 2 applies: work judged grossly in excess of any word limit will incur a marking penalty.
- An independent research paper of 5,000 words (100% *). The work must be on a research question (developed by the student in consultation with the subject coordinator and/or discipline expert) and in a genre that makes it suitable for publication in the MULR. Marking code 3 applies: The word limit will be regarded as recommended rather than compulsory and no student will be disadvantaged by exceeding the limit.
* In place of the independent research paper, students may choose to complete a 5,000 word paper that critically analyses and reflects on editorial choices made and challenges faced in the process of editing the volume(s) with which they were involved. Marking code 2 applies: work judged grossly in excess of any word limit will incur a marking penalty.
The due date of the above assessment will be available to students via the Assessment Schedule on the LMS Community.
Dates & times
- Summer Term
Principal coordinator Jennifer Morgan Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Not applicable - periodic consultations with the Subject Coordinator Total time commitment 144 hours Teaching period 2 January 2018 to 16 February 2018 Last self-enrol date 11 January 2018 Census date 12 January 2018 Last date to withdraw without fail 9 February 2018 Assessment period ends 24 February 2018
Summer Term contact information
- Semester 1
Principal coordinator Jennifer Morgan Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Not applicable - periodic consultations with the Subject Coordinator Total time commitment 144 hours Teaching period 26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018 Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018 Census date 31 March 2018 Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018 Assessment period ends 22 June 2018
Semester 1 contact information
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Jennifer Morgan Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours Not applicable - periodic consultations with the Subject Coordinator Total time commitment 144 hours Teaching period 23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018 Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018 Census date 31 August 2018 Last date to withdraw without fail 21 September 2018 Assessment period ends 16 November 2018
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
Additional delivery details
Please refer to the JD Electives page for confirmation if places are still available in this subject.
There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Course Juris Doctor