LL4F9      Half Unit
Legal Research and Writing Skills

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Devika Hovell


This course is compulsory on the LLM (extended part-time) and LLM (full-time). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This course on Legal Research and Writing has a taught component focusing on research and writing skills and a stand-alone dissertation (details about which may be found in the LLM Handbook), to be written in a substantive law area of the student’s choice.

The taught part of the course is designed to enable students to gain a better understanding of:

• the nature of research in general and of legal research in particular, and the range of questions and research methodologies to be found within legal scholarship;

• the processes involved in legal research, including research design, refining a research question, resource identification, and searching for relevant materials;

• legal writing skills, including issues of style, process, the use of sources and the presentation of findings and arguments.


This course is typically delivered through a combination of classes and lectures throughout Winter Term. Students will usually have additional hours in the Spring Term.  


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in the post-spring term.

See the LLM handbook for full details and regulations about the dissertation.

Key facts

Department: Law School

Total students 2022/23: 291

Average class size 2022/23: 6

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

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