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Master of Laws by Research (LLM(Res))


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Title Master of Laws by Research (LLM(Res))
Course Code M1235
Study Level Master's by Research (Graduate)
Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
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Academic Chair: Associate Professor Chris Dent | Email: Christopher.Dent@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6277

Qualification Master of Laws by Research (LLM(Res))
Duration 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent; OR 12 months for entrance with Law Honours, or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external) (subject to approval on a case-by-case basis)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The LLM (Res) is a research degree designed for students who wish to undertake specialised research in law. All students are required to produce a thesis of up to 60,000 words (including footnotes)(24 points) and complete advanced coursework in research training (12 points).
Students entering the degree with evidence of prior research training equivalent to AQF Level 8 as exemplified by a Research Honours in Law may be awarded advanced standing for part, or all, of the coursework component. The degree may be completed in one year if advanced standing is obtained for all coursework. Once conferred, LLM (Res) graduates will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be considered eligible for admission to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidature.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings To be eligible for admission as a candidate in the 36 point Master of Laws by Research, an applicant must have:
* a Bachelor Degree in Law (AQF level 7), or equivalent; or
* a Bachelor Degree in a cognate discipline and satisfy the Graduate Research Manager with evidence of significant scholarly or professional attainments which would indicate a capacity to undertake the requirements of the degree.
To be eligible to enter the Masters with advanced standing for the coursework component and be required to complete the thesis only, applicants must have:
* a Bachelor Degree with Research Honours (AQF level 8)
* a Degree at AQF 8 or above in a cognate discipline and satisfy the Graduate Research Manager with evidence of significant scholarly or professional attainments, which would indicate a capacity to undertake the requirements of the degree.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements Students are required to identify an Academic willing and capable to supervise their topic.
Course Learning Outcomes 1. * Define a legal research question and identify appropriate research techniques for answering it;
2. Independently review, analyse and synthesise primary and secondary material - with the secondary material to reflect the chosen research method;
3. Demonstrate detailed knowledge, and an advanced
understanding, of a specific area of legal knowledge or legal practice;
4. Exercise critical thinking and judgment in developing an argument that responds to the legal question; and
5. Produce a thesis that
a. reflects a distinctive contribution to legal knowledge and/or; and
b. shows a clear topic and argument, sound reasoning, a coherent exposition of knowledge, effective writing (including clear expression) and compliance with established academic style requirements.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 36 credit points

All candidates are required to submit a thesis in an approved area of up to 60,000 words including footnotes (24 credit points).

Coursework - 12 credit points

Core Units - 6 credit points

LLB582 Legal Research Methods for Honours - 3 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, Y-internal

LLB583 Advanced Supervised Legal Research - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal, SUM-internal, W-internal

Electives - 6 credit points

Students must choose up to 6 points of credit from any 500 or 600 level electives available. Where possible, students should enrol in units related to their thesis topic and as approved by their supervisor.

Students may enrol in either :

LLM512 Legal Practice Placement I

orLLM513 Legal Practice Placement II


LLM603 Masters by Coursework Research Project - 3 points

as part of their program of study for their electives.

Thesis - 24 credit points

LLM700 Master of Laws (Research) - 24 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, S1-internal, S2-internal, Y-internal

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