Find out how to book a consultation with one of our dedicated one-on-one experts. Please book ahead as schedules can fill quickly.
Our Legal Writing and Academic Skills Advisers can advise Melbourne Law School students on:
- How to approach the research for your assignments
- Writing for assessment in law
- Resources that will help you to build your academic skills
- Strategies for maintaining your health and wellbeing during your time in law school
Chantal, Judy and Kirsty are available for individual consultations in their areas of expertise. These appointments are an opportunity for you to discuss strategies, available resources, and the administrative processes designed to support you.
Areas of expertise:
- Chantal Morton: JD, MLM and GRD students - Legal writing and/or academic skills
- Judy Bourke: MLM students only - Legal writing
- Kirsty Wilson: JD, MLM and GRD Legal research
You are welcome to drop by the Centre on the 3rd floor of the library and, if we are available, we are happy to chat. However, please note that we are often busy with consultations, meetings and our own research. If you want to be sure to have a full 30 minutes - and our undivided attention - it is a good idea to book an appointment in advance.
- The office does get very busy at the end of semester, and when several MLM subjects have papers due at the same time. If you want an individual appointment, plan well in advance to have the paper finished before the deadline and book an appointment with us. We may not be able to fit you in if you leave it to the last minute.
- If you want detailed feedback on your written work, please submit it to Chantal (JD, MLM and GRD) or Judy (MLM) at least two full business days in advance of the appointment.
- Before you submit the paper, please review the research essay checklist (PDF, 250KB) .
- Students who are not able to attend the Parkville campus of the University can arrange for an email or telephone consultation.
- This is NOT an editing or a proofreading service. When working with a specific piece of writing, the adviser will generally focus on key issues or sections for instructional purposes. She will expect you to take responsibility for improving your work by developing your skills.
How to book a Consultation:
If you would like to book an appointment with:
- Chantal Morton for legal writing and academic skills (JD, MLM and GRD students) - please email her directly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Judy Bourke for legal writing (MLM students) - please email her directly (email@example.com)
- Kirsty Wilson for legal research (JD, MLM and GRD students) - please email her directly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Information to include in your request for a consultation:
- Your full name
- The program (JD, MLM, GRD)
- Whether you would like to discuss an outline, a completed draft of a research paper, academic skills, or something else
- Any time constraints (for example, the date the assignment is due if it is a review of a draft)
- At least two days and time ranges when you are available
Where to go for your consultation
Consultations are held in the Ian Malkin Centre for Legal Academic Skills. It is on the third floor of the Law Building, in the Law Library (to the right of the Loans Desk).