Law - Dissertation - LW563

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) DR WA White


Entry to this module will be based on either the minimum of a 2:1 mark in the LW592 essay or a Merit in stage 1.





This module allows a student to undertake a lengthy writing project on a law -related subject that interests her/him under the supervision of a KLS staff member. It is available to Stage 3 students taking single or combined honours law programmes. Public Law II is a compulsory prerequisite module. Entry to this module will be based on gaining a Merit in stage 1, however, if they achieve a 2:1 in the Public Law 2 special study they may be admitted subsequently. Students wishing to take this module must settle on their topic and find a dissertation supervisor near the end of the Spring term of the academic year previous to the start of this module. During the first term of this module, the convenor will conduct several sessions on how to research and write a law dissertation.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Approximately 8 hours per term (consisting of sessions with the convenor and with your supervisor)


Only available to stage 3 students. Not available to non law students.

Method of assessment

20% dissertation outline or draft chapter of 2000 words (due at the end of the autumn term), 80% dissertation of 10,000 words (due at the beginning of the summer term).

Preliminary reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

• to explore the complexity of a legal issue/topic of interest to the student.
• to develop skills in doing legal research
• to learn written advocacy

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