Information about the research and writing support available in semester 2 is available on this page.
Information about the support on offer is organised according to the following groups:
- JD First Year Support
- Fast-paced workshops on Essays and Exams for Upper-Year JD and MLM students
- Relaxed workshops for JD and MLM students who prefer a deeper dive into the skills
We ask you to register so we can send you the zoom link for the sessions. If you have any difficulty, please contact Chantal Morton.
New and improved Writing Camp 2021 for all JD, MLM, and RHD Students
I will be running two streams of the Writing Camp on Zoom starting 5 July. Both streams will cover the same content and activities.
- Stream One: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11 AM – 1 PM (July 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16)
- Stream Two: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5 PM – 7 PM (July 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15) (the Thursday session is to avoid ruining your start to the weekend).
Each session will include an opportunity to socialise with your colleagues, an explanation of a grammar principle and how it is important for clear legal writing, and an opportunity to practice and get some feedback.
I received many requests for opportunities to practice so be prepared to do some work during the sessions!
We will use the art of persuasion as our unifying theme for the series and cover the following topics (based on your feedback in the questionnaire and ranked by popularity).
- active and passive voice (and when to use them)
- indefinite and definite articles
- pronouns and referents/antecedents
- Subject-verb agreement
- and in the ‘other’ category some of my favourites: sentence structure, linking, and vocabulary/legal terminology.
Please register by Wednesday 30 June at 10 AM if you are interested.
JD First Year Support
- Writing Presentation – Best Advice on Writing your Theory Paper, by Chantal Morton, Date TBC
- Writing Q&A Drop-ins hosted by Chantal Morton, Date TBC
JD Upper Year and MLM Support
Writing and Academic Skills Standalone Sessions
The standalone sessions are fast-paced workshops that cover:
- the basic elements of writing a legal research essay
- preparing for a take-home exam
The same material and activities are covered on multiple dates in order to provide options for students who are joining us from around the world. If you are not able to attend a session, the materials can be found in the LASC Canvas Community.
The essay workshop is appropriate for anyone new to writing an 8,000 legal research paper for Melbourne Law School. Topics covered include:
- Setting a research question
- Critical engagement with the material
- Developing an argument
- Structuring your analysis
- When to footnote
- Formatting your document according to the Australian Guide to Legal Citation
The exam workshop is primarily designed for people who are new to the common law legal system.
- Preparing for the exam (review and exam ready notes)
- Managing your time over the weekend
- Answering hypothetical problems
- Answering exam essay questions
These sessions are delivered online using Zoom. The link will be sent out only to students who have registered to attend. You will need to register using your unimelb email address and password.
Saturday Workshop 24 July 10 AM – 4 PM IN PERSON in Room G08 185 Pelham Street: Fast-paced workshop on 8,000 word Legal Research Essays AND Take Home Exams
Saturday Workshop 31 July 10 AM – 1 PM on Zoom: Fast-paced workshop on 8,000 word Legal Research Essays (same ESSAY content as the in-person option)
Saturday Workshop 7 August 10 AM – 12:30 PM on Zoom: Fast-paced workshop on Take Home Exams (same EXAM content as the in-person option)
Evening Workshop Wednesday 25 August 4:30 – 7:30 PM on Zoom: Fast-paced workshop on 8,000 Legal Research Essays (same ESSAY content as in-person and Saturday options)
Evening Workshop Wednesday 22 September 4:30 – 7:00 PM on Zoom: Fast paced workshop on Take Home Exams (same EXAM content as in-person and Saturday options)
PLEASE REGISTER at the links above if you are interested in attending any of the workshops. The Zoom links will be sent to those who register.
Relaxed workshop series
The relaxed workshop series is an opportunity to develop your legal analysis and communication skills. We cover the same skills as the Saturday and Evening workshops but at a slower pace with more opportunities for practice and discussion.
The series runs every Tuesday 4:30 – 6:00 PM from 17 August – 12 October.
If you are interested, please join us at the Zoom link which is found in the LASC Canvas Community in the Announcements section. The order of topics:
- Strategies for reading legal materials (also covered in full time orientation)
- Critical engagement with your material – logical fallacies
- Taking notes and time management for completing assignments
- Reading case law (also covered in full time orientation)
- Reading case law continued (also covered in full time orientation)
- Common law legal reasoning – using our new skills (also covered in full time orientation)
- Strategies for Writing Legal Research Papers – setting a research question and structuring your argument
- Using law and secondary sources to support your argument
- Referencing (Footnotes) and the AGLC
PLEASE REGISTER if you are interested in attending any of the workshops
Persuasive Writing TBC