Writing and Language Support

Workshops, tutorials and individual consultations available to our graduate researchers to improve their legal research, writing and academic skills.

Dr Chantal Morton is the Lecturer in Legal Writing and Academic Skills at Melbourne Law School.  Chantal conducts workshops, tutorials and individual consultations designed to help graduate researchers improve their writing.

Thesis Writing and Language Support Consultations

Consultations focus on thesis writing and written expression. They are available to all Law graduate research students and will be most beneficial for ESL and international students, and for those who have been away from academic study for some time.

An effective way to improve your thesis writing skills and written expression is to email or bring in a written draft of work in progress (see the guidelines below).

How to arrange a consultation

Graduate research students can arrange a consultation by emailing Chantal Morton.

Where to go

Language & Academic Skills consultations in the Law school are held in room 333, on the third floor of the Law building, in the Law Library (Legal Academic Skills Centre, near the Loans Desk).


  • You can book a consultation up to two weeks in advance. Availability may be limited, so please book ahead.
  • Graduate research candidates who are not able to attend the Parkville campus of the University can arrange for an email or telephone consultation.
  • If you wish to focus on a piece of writing within a consultation, please submit your draft by email or hard copy (rm 333) no less than 24 hours prior to the arranged consultation. Please indicate your main concerns. Thesis chapters will not necessarily be read in close detail, but the focus will be on key sections or aspects of expression for the purposes of discussion and advice.
  • The consultation does not involve general editing or a proofreading of written work. When working with a specific piece of writing, the consultation will generally involve focusing on key issues or sections for instructional purposes.
  • Please be punctual, or give 24 hours notice where possible if cancelling. Your cooperation will allow another student to use that appointment time if you are unable to attend.