Legal Research

About Legal Research

Students in their final year undertake the capstone subject Legal Research (LAWS50039). This subject involves studying one of the available legal research topics, which differ each year. As each topic has a quota so students must apply, and be approved, to enter a topic.


Only students who have satisfied the subject prerequisites (as per the subject handbook entry) or have an approved prerequisite waiver (which is specific to your selected topic) can apply for a Legal Research topic.

Some topics may have additional prerequisites or recommended prior knowledge within the topic description.

Legal Research topics

Legal Research enrolments have closed for 2021. Topics for 2022 will be released during the timely re-enrolment period, in November.

Enrolling in Legal Research

Students cannot self-enrol, or register into classes, for Legal Research. Students must first apply for a Legal Research topic, then only approved applicants will be enrolled into the relevant offering and registered in the required class by the Academic Support Office.

Waitlists are not maintained for Legal Research topics, and topic quotas cannot be exceeded.

At the start of the timely application period, the upcoming year topics will be released and eligible students apply for their preferred topics (five preferences required).

All timely Legal Research topic applications are subject to a selection process. After applications close, places in topics are randomly allocated to eligible students and the Academic Support Office will notify students, via email, of their application outcome.

During the late application period, students can apply for Legal Research topics (may select up to two preferences) which are under quota. These applications will be assessed on a first-in basis.

Please note:

  • Waitlists are not maintained for Legal Research topics and quotas cannot be exceeded.
  • Topics will be removed from this list once enrolment is no longer possible.
  • Topic availability last updated - 21 Sep 2021 3:38pm.