Advanced Legal Research and Writing (712M3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

Advanced Legal Research and Writing has two purposes:

  • to ground students in the conventions of advanced academic writing in law (a specialised form of discourse with many non-obvious conventions and norms)
  • to ground students in the leading traditions or approaches in academic legal research.

The module covers modern standards for the citation of legal authorities (such as OSCOLA), as well as the justification for them. Legal traditions covered include:

  • doctrinal exposition and analysis
  • critique of doctrine, institutional design and practice
  • researching the dynamics of law.


50%: Lecture
20%: Practical (Workshop)
30%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Test)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 10 hours of contact time and 140 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: