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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:
Practical experience with ad hoc guidance from the subject coordinator.
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Legal Method and Reasoning or equivalent subject(s). A student must be an editor of the Melbourne University Law Review for the enrolled semester and can not have previously or currently be enrolled in the subject Editor Melbourne University Law Review.
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For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
This subject is available only to a student appointed editor of the Melbourne University Law Review. It permits a student to provide evidence of what the student has learnt about the nature of legal research from undertaking the job of editor. This evidence takes the form of two specified writing tasks: a short piece suitable for journal publication and a longer piece providing a report on the state of the research field, namely, legal research suitable for Australian university law review publication.
Note: The 5000 word essay in this subject is regarded as a substantial piece of legal writing.
|Objectives:||On completion of this subject, students should: |
• Be able to write in a style suitable for law journal publication;
• State an informed personal perspective or position relative to a body legal research;
• Identify, recognise and contrast attributes of different varieties of legal research – such as critical legal studies, doctrinal, multi-disciplinary or empirical;
• Be able to describe and discuss the broad state of the research field relevant to the journal;
• Perceive the diversity of what classifies as legal research, including its underlying philosophies and approaches;
• Decide where their personal views and approaches are placed relative to that body of research;
• Be aware of trends in legal research, including what drivers may influence those trends;
• Appreciate differences in legal research in terms of approach and quality.
- An editorial for a particular part of the journal or a review of a research book, written in a form suitable for publication in the student editor's journal. The editorial or book review is not required to be actually published in the journal. Word limit: 2000 words. Due: near the conclusion of the teaching period in the enrolled semester; exact date to be fixed by the subject co-ordinator at the commencement of that semester. Worth 30% of the final mark in the subject.
- An essay on the state of the research field, being legal research suitable for Australian university law review publication, based upon the editorship experience. A student has discretion as to approach. The essay could take any one of a number of perspectives, including:
Word limit: 5000 words. Due: near the conclusion of the teaching period in the enrolled semester; exact date to be fixed by subject co-ordinator at the commencement of that semester. Worth 70% of the final mark in the subject.
- The above word limits will be regarded as recommended rather than compulsory, and no student will be disadvantaged by exceeding the limit.
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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On completion of the subject, students should have developed the following generic skills (and graduate attributes):
In addition, on completion of the subject, students should have developed the following skills specific to the discipline of law:
- analysis of the nature and quality of legal research, including an ability to:
- legal writing skills, including an ability to:
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