Full- unit Dissertation on an approved legal topic
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
This course is available on the LLB in Laws. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.
A second or third year LLB student may write a full-unit dissertation on a legal topic approved by the Law Department. Students wishing to do a full-unit dissertation should first consult their academic adviser in the preceding summer term to discuss:
• whether an essay is a suitable option for the student
• the particular essay topic
• who might be an appropriate essay supervisor
In light of their discussion with their academic adviser, a student wishing to pursue this option should approach a possible supervisor for their approval.The supervisor of the essay must be a permanent or ex-permanent member of staff.
It is not be possible to submit a full unit essay, LL299 and half unit essay, LL298 in the same year
Because this option requires considerable independent study, it is generally not advisable to opt to write a dissertation unless the student has been achieving marks of an upper second class standard in their examinations to date. The essay subject must be of a suitable academic character which has not already or will not have been explored in depth in any taught subject taken by the student but is related to subjects taught in the School. It is necessary for a student to have the approval of both a member of staff who is willing to supervise the essay and the Chair of the LLB Part I and II Exam Board for the proposed essay, by 31 October of the year in question. Once they have their supervisor’s approval, students will need to make a formal detailed application to the Chair of Exams for approval; a form for this will be circulated to those writing a dissertation early in the MT.
The essay should be word-processed and be accompanied by a bibliography. Footnotes can be placed at the end of the text or at the bottom of the page to which they relate (the latter is preferable). The essay should be 12,000-15,000 words in length (including footnotes and excluding bibliography). The essay should be submitted not later than the first day of the ST.
It may be possible to use the essay option to do some work in a subject which is not being offered as a taught course in the year in question. Alternatively, students may be able to use it to do some more detailed work on a topic of particular interest to them, providing that this does not overlap with any course that they are taking to an unacceptable extent. It should be stressed that no member of staff is under an obligation to agree to supervise any proposed essay. However where a member of staff agrees to act as supervisor, students can expect to see their supervisor to discuss their work on a regular basis in each of the first two terms, with at least three meetings in each term.
Essay (100%, 15000 words) in the ST.
Total students 2012/13: 12
Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable
Value: One Unit
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