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Melbourne University Law Review (LAWS50058)

Graduate coursework level 5Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework Level 5
Subject codeLAWS50058
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
FeesSubject 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.

Generic skills

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

Prerequisites

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
Summer Term
12.5
LAWS50024 Principles of Public Law
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50025 Torts
Semester 1
November
12.5
LAWS50026 Obligations
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50027 Dispute Resolution
Semester 1
12.5
LAWS50028 Constitutional Law
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50029 Contracts
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS50031 Legal Theory
Semester 2
November
12.5

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

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
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

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

Assessment

Additional details

  • 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 coordinatorJennifer Morgan
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursNot applicable - periodic consultations with the Subject Coordinator
    Total time commitment144 hours
    Teaching period 2 January 2018 to 16 February 2018
    Last self-enrol date11 January 2018
    Census date12 January 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 9 February 2018
    Assessment period ends24 February 2018

    Summer Term contact information

    Email: law-aso@unimelb.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 8344 4475
    Website: law.unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorJennifer Morgan
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursNot applicable - periodic consultations with the Subject Coordinator
    Total time commitment144 hours
    Teaching period26 February 2018 to 27 May 2018
    Last self-enrol date 9 March 2018
    Census date31 March 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 4 May 2018
    Assessment period ends22 June 2018

    Semester 1 contact information

    Email: law-aso@unimelb.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 8344 4475
    Website: law.unimelb.edu.au

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorJennifer Morgan
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursNot applicable - periodic consultations with the Subject Coordinator
    Total time commitment144 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

    Email: law-aso@unimelb.edu.au
    Phone: +61 3 8344 4475
    Website: law.unimelb.edu.au

Time commitment details

144 hours

Additional delivery details

Please refer to the JD Electives page for confirmation if places are still available in this subject.

Further information

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Last updated: 29 March 2019