Faculty of Law

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedClayton Full year 2013 (Day)


This unit provides high achieving students with an opportunity to research, write and present a significant piece of original work. Students will write a thesis under the supervision of an academic member of staff, on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the Chief Examiner. Students will also publically present the main findings of their research and participate in a seminar program.


The unit aims to:

  • provide an opportunity for students to undertake a considered and in-depth analysis of legal issues in a particular area and to formulate and articulate legal and policy issues;
  • develop skills of critical analysis and original thought;
  • encourage the interchange of knowledge and ideas between students and teachers in order to achieve a high quality of legal scholarship;
  • develop students' competency in legal research skills; and
  • enhance students' organisational, presentational and writing skills.

Students who successfully complete LAW5207 should, in general:

  • have acquired a detailed knowledge and expertise in the area of the topic which is the subject of the thesis;
  • have their capacity for critical analysis and original thought enhanced;
  • have an enhanced competency in legal research skills;
  • have the ability to research, organise and present legal and policy issues in a succinct and scholarly manner; and
  • have completed a piece of legal research of publishable quality.


Thesis (8,000-10,000 words) 80%

Presentation of thesis findings (at Honours Conference at end of Semester 2) 10%

Attendance and participation in the supporting Honours Research Seminar Program (2 x 1 day events being the Honours Orientation Day and Honours Conference and 2 x half day Honours Seminars including completion of set exercises ahead of these seminars) 10%

Chief examiner(s)


LAW1100 OR LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104