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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.
Eligible electives are:
• LAW639 Current Issues in Environmental Law and Policy
• LAW642 Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law
• LAW663 International Trade Law
• LAW638 Criminology
• LAW181 Ethics, Social Responsibility and the Law
• LAW277 Law of Armed Conflict and International Criminal Law
• LAW334 Competition Law
• LAW344 Legal Practice and Lawyering
Ineligible electives are:
• LAW325 Law Review
• LAW308 Labour Law
• LAW195 Current Issues in Environmental Law and Policy
• LAW234 Human Rights Law


Unit name Research Paper
Unit code LAW497
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Professor Margaret Otlowski|Mr Matias Thomsen
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

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

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090999 $1,828.00 $1,432.00 not applicable $1,828.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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AssessmentResearch Paper (100%)
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