Advanced Legal Research - LAWS2520

Faculty: Faculty of Law

School: Faculty of Law

Course Outline: See below

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 2

EFTSL: 0.04167 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2

Enrolment Requirements:

Pre-requisite: 18 UOC completed in LAWS courses or JURD courses.

Excluded: JURD7220

CSS Contribution Charge: 3 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This course will no longer be offered after Semester 2, 2013.

This subject revises and expands upon students' online legal research skills. It involves a systematic review of all of the main tools which can be used to find Australian legislation, case law and commentary online, and a systematic approach to finding foreign legal materials. There is a dual focus on the content that is available, and on the tools used to find it.

Course Objectives

The Advanced Legal Research course aims to assist students to:
  • Refresh and refine the online research skills acquired in the first year course
  • Become highly competent in Australian legal research over all categories of materials (legislation, case-law, and secondary materials)
  • Be able to take a systematic approach to international and comparative legal research sufficient to find major sources
  • Practice accessing information from a wide variety of online sources
  • Obtain research skills sufficient for you to be able to undertake your own legal research at any level of University studies
  • Obtain research skills sufficient for professional practice or other work in law

Main Topics

  • Researching Australian legislation
  • Researching Australian case law
  • Australian secondary legal research resources
  • Foreign legal systems and international law


Compulsory take-home exam - 100%
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