Course Title: Legal Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Legal Research Project

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Anne Kallies

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1434

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods

Course Description

The Legal Research Project will require you to research and write a substantial research paper on a topic approved by the course co-ordinator. The course gives you the opportunity to engage with a substantive area of law and plan, research and write a paper that is relevant to current legal issues. The course will require you to undertake research of a postgraduate standard and further develop your skills in legal methodology.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • CLO1: Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal issues under an area of the law chosen by the student in consultation with the lecturer.
  • CLO2: Critically evaluate the law relating to the area chosen.
  • CLO3: Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions and identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.
  • CLO4: Design and plan a project, including development and testing of research questions, and obtaining and assimilating scholarly material from a range of sources to produce a substantial contribution to research.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1:  Multiple Choice Quiz 10%
Linked CLOs: 1

Assessment Task 2:  Research Proposal 10%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3 (a): Research Paper 65% 
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3 (b): Presentation of Research Findings 15% 
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.