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How to do legal critique : a primer for research papers at Masters level

Mathews, Benjamin P. (2009) How to do legal critique : a primer for research papers at Masters level. [Working Paper] (Unpublished)

Abstract

The Master of Laws by Coursework degree includes in its stated objectives that it will not only ‘deepen and broaden your legal learning’, but that during it you will be ‘developing your critical evaluation of the law and consideration and analysis of the attitudes and values underlying it’. As a central method of achieving these objectives, most units in the Masters degree require students to undertake an extensive research paper. These research papers are intended to provide the opportunities for students to demonstrate that they have, in the terms of the course objectives, developed their ability to critically evaluate the law, and to consider and analyse the attitudes and values underlying the law. This document is meant to serve as a primer to guide students about how to conduct critical evaluations of the law, and of the attitudes and values underlying the law (that is, how to do legal critique). It is not meant to be an exhaustive coverage of all the ways in which critique can be done, but it should provide a framework upon which students can better understand what is required of a research paper at Masters level, and how to incorporate a critical evaluation of law within a research paper.

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ID Code: 20220
Item Type: Working Paper
Keywords: Education, Master of Laws, Writing research papers, Conducting legal critique
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Benjamin P. Mathews
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2009 08:32
Last Modified: 12 May 2011 11:55

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