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Unit information: Final Year Research Project in 2019/20

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Unit name Final Year Research Project
Unit code LAWD30091
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Dunne
Open unit status Not open




School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The Law Research Project requires final year law students to engage in an extended piece of legal research. General guidance is provided by the unit director and specific guidance will be provided by members of the academic staff in their areas of expertise. The unit is assessed by way of a single piece of written work of 5,000 words presenting, and engaging with, the topic in question.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate that they can carry out independent legal or socio-legal research
  • Demonstrate that they can critically engage with a topic area
  • Demonstrate that they can construct and sustain a coherent argument through an extended essay

Teaching details

Four introductory lectures and structured contact with Project Adviser.

Assessment Details

1 x formative assessment (submitted for marking), plus additional informal formative feedback opportunities as indicated by the unit coordinator.

Formative assessments do not count towards final mark and can be optional.

1 x summative assessment: 1 x 5,000 word coursework. Summative assessments do count towards final mark.

The assessments will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.

Reading and References

Project Advisers set initial starting points for reading. Each project title has a list of starting points; these are books, articles, documents, decisions or other material. These are meant to act as a springboard for further research. These starting points should be used to identify a research question and a set of issues that will be addressed in the essay. The starting points will help identify sources for further research; thereafter students must generate their own reading and references.