Courses & Units

Research Paper LAW497



Second class honours candidates will take this unit alongside LAW498 Honours Research A. Together, these units support second class honours candidates to independently design, manage and deliver a major piece of academic writing (5,000-word research essay). This unit allows honours candidates to revisit an area of law that they studied as an elective, giving them an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the relevant body of law while extending their critical legal research and academic writing skills.

Selecting a research topic:
In WK 0 of Sem 2 2021, second class honours candidates will ‘opt-in’ to one of eight topic areas, drawn from the LAW-coded electives offered in the 12 months prior to LAW497. Candidates should opt-in to a topic covered in an elective they have completed. That is, candidates are expected to have a foundational knowledge of the unit content to which their honours research topic relates.


Unit name Research Paper
Unit code LAW497
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Phillipa McCormack

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a research question on a law-related issue
  2. Research and critically analyse a complex legal problem or question
  3. Lead an independent research project that contributes to the discipline of law
  4. Write clearly, logically and persuasively in a style appropriate to legal scholarship


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090999 $1,812.00 $1,419.00 not applicable $1,812.50

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Research paper due Friday Week 13 (100%) Research proposal due Wednesday in Week 4 (pass/fail)

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