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LAWS75-102: Advanced Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing


Advanced Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing is an elective subject in the Master of Laws program offered by the Faculty of Law. The goals of this subject are (1) to provide high-level instruction to postgraduate students in structuring legal arguments and documents and in writing with concision, cohesion and clarity; and (2) to impart to students the legal research methodologies and key analytical techniques necessary for independent work at postgraduate level. Students will learn how to apply the elements of good writing to present facts and law effectively, to argue from precedents set by earlier court decisions, and to carry out self-directed statutory interpretation. Students will also receive advanced training in objective and persuasive writing styles and in sharpening their editing techniques.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • January 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,310
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,450

Learning outcomes

1. Have knowledge and understanding of effective legal writing. 2. Engage in accurate and concise legal writing. 3. Have knowledge of the wide range of legal research tools and techniques, together with the ability to critically evaluate those legal research tools and techniques and to identify the most appropriate tool(s) or technique(s) in the circumstances. 4. Undertake high-quality legal research for the purposes of both academic study and professional practice. 5. Critically analyse the results of legal research and to use those results to solve complex problems and to construct persuasive legal and academic arguments. 6. Systematically research and apply foreign and international legal materials to legal research questions.

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  • This subject is not available to students on US Financial Aid.
  • Students on a Student Visa may be restricted from enrolment due to the mode of delivery in the chosen semester. Check the subject outline for further details.

Only available where included in a student's admitted program study plan OR to approved Law Study Abroad OR Law Exchange Students.

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