Course Title: Contemporary Legal Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Legal Research Project

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Dr Anne Kallies

Course Coordinator Phone: -

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge: Becoming a Lawyer in Globalised World

Course Description

The Contemporary Legal Research Project will require you to explore a contemporary legal issues and write a 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.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


CLO1: Engage with lecturer to investigate and exercise critical thinking and judgement of a current legal issue.

CLO2: Apply research methods and principles to chosen area of law.

CLO3: Organise research to exercise critical thinking and communicate analysis of chosen legal issue.

CLO4: Demonstrate the ability to identify law reform options and communicate knowledge effectively to both legal and non-legal audiences.

Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise of lectures, tutorials, self directed learning, participation through in-class and online activities, such as presenting a case in class, writing a proposal and a research paper.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Task 1: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: 25%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: 50% 
Linked CLOs: 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.