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LA984 - Dissertation, Research and Writing Seminar

  • Module code: LA984
  • Module name: Dissertation, Research and Writing Seminar
  • Department: Law School
  • Credit: 60

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The Legal Research and Writing Skills module is a core component of the taught LLM programme. It is designed primarily to prepare students for the research and writing requirements associated with the dissertation element of the LLM programme. However, students will also find it useful in relation to other independent research and writing tasks encountered during the course of the programme.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have acquired knowledge of how to conduct legal research and write an academic dissertation of approximately the same length as a law review article (i.e. 8,000-10,000 words). In particular, they will be able to identify suitable research issues; formulate appropriate research questions; find, evaluate and use relevant information sources; undertake a critical analysis of literature relevant to a chosen research topic; and develop a sustained written argument.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module will be taught by means of five seminars that will be held during the Autumn and Spring Terms.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
60 CATS (Module code: LA984-60)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught LLM in International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation (M221) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught International Economic Law (M3P7) - Year 2