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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.
Last updated: 29 April 2020