Law - Dissertation - LW563

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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6 30 (15) DR W 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. Students must also submit a Dissertation notification form, see the guidance on Dissertations on Moodle.





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 10000 -12000 words (due at the beginning of the summer term).

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. explain and justify the significance of their research
2. be familiar with the literature relevant to their research project
3. be familiar with the theories, concepts and methods relevant to their research projects
4. examine and critically evaluate legal issues within a social and critical context as evidenced by and within their dissertation projects, and be able to support the evaluation with evidence and reasoning
5. conduct research independently by drawing on feedback from academic supervisors, by exercising reflection and self-criticism, and by managing time and resources effectively
6. communicate the findings of their research effectively and fluently in a substantial piece of writing (a 10-12,000-word dissertation).

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