Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered, or view unit timetables.

FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) First semester 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Summer semester A 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Term 1 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Term 2 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Term 3 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Term 4 2014 (Day)


For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html


This unit is taken by completing a 12,000-15,000 words (maximum) thesis under appropriate supervision. The topic is designed by the student in conjunction with a staff member and approved by the Postgraduate Studies Committee.


The minor thesis allows students:

  1. to explore in depth a particular legal issue and to acquire and demonstrate a knowledge of the broader legal and policy framework within which these issues can be discussed
  2. to develop and demonstrate research, analytical and writing skills, in order to demonstrate a depth of legal scholarship.


Presentation: 10%
Minor thesis (12,000-15,000 words): 90%

The thesis will be assessed by an examiner under the Faculty regulations.
Please note that there is an application process for this unit, available at: http://law.monash.edu.au/current-students/enrolments/enrolment-guidelines-pg-research-units.html

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Students enrolled in the minor thesis will be provided with appropriate levels of supervision to meet the needs of the student and expectations of the university. Students will be expected to do reading and research applicable to a 12 credit point unit.


Completed four units (four elective units for JD students) and obtained 70% or above in each of the units.