LASC Workshops

We will post updates to the workshops we run.  In 2022, this is what you can expect so far:

JD Support


    • Presentation video – Best Advice on Writing your Torts Paper, by Chantal Morton
    • Writing Q&A Drop-ins hosted by Chantal Morton

Legal Theory

    • Presentation – Best Advice on Writing your Theory Paper, by Chantal Morton
    • Writing Q&A Drop-ins hosted by Chantal Morton

Exams for Law

    • A review of the advice covered in EAGLE workshops and an opportunity to ask questions.

JD Electives and Capstone Legal Research Subject

    • Please join the relevant standalone MLM workshops

Melbourne Law Masters – Legal Academic Skills Centre Workshops 

Intensive Workshop Series

Chantal Morton’s MLM Skill Building Workshop Series runs Monday 28 February – 11 March (2 weeks) with sessions every weekday from 3 – 5 PM.

You need to register to receive the zoom link.  Information to register is found in the LASC Canvas Community announcement and in the calendar entries. 

This workshop series for Masters students is an opportunity to develop your common law legal analysis and communication skills. Workshops are held at a relaxed pace with opportunities for practice and discussion.

There are ten sessions over the two weeks and they cover the following topics:

    1. Monday (28 February) – Strategies for reading legal materials
    2. Tuesday – Critical engagement with your material – logical fallacies
    3. Wednesday – Taking notes and time management for completing assignments
    4. Thursday – Reading case law
    5. Friday – Reading case law continued


    1. Monday (7 March) – Common law legal reasoning – using our new skills
    2. Tuesday – Strategies for Writing Legal Research Papers – setting a research question and structuring your argument
    3. Wednesday – Using law and secondary sources to support your argument
    4. Thursday – Referencing (Footnotes) and the AGLC
    5. Friday – Preparing for weekend take-home exams and writing an answer to a hypothetical problem

MLM Standalone Sessions

Chantal Morton also runs two standalone sessions on writing essays and exams.  These sessions are fast-paced workshops designed for people already familiar with the basic elements of the common law legal system and writing for law.

Saturday 26 February 12 PM – 3 PM (Zoom) Essays  

The essay workshop is appropriate for someone 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

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

Saturday 9 April 12 PM – 2:30 PM (Zoom) Exams

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

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Legal Research Workshops

The workshops cover topics such as finding secondary sources, finding cases and legislation, researching foreign law, public international law research and Zotero for law.

Legal Research in Practice Q&A drop-in sessions

Are you a Melbourne Law School student about to head into a clerkship, internship, or are you about to embark on your graduate year? Are you feeling confident in your research skills and ready for the legal research you will be doing in the workplace?  If you’re not feeling quite ready or have some questions about legal research in practice, you’re in luck!

Kirsty from the Legal Academic Skills Centre (LASC) and Anastasia from the Law Library will be hosting some legal research in practice Q&A sessions. Kirsty has worked in a court library and Anastasia has worked as a librarian in a law firm. This experience makes them well placed to answer any questions you have about what legal research is like in the workplace. Kirsty and Anastasia will share some tips followed by the opportunity for you to ask questions.

All sessions will be held via Zoom.

These are repeat sessions so you only need to register for one.

Please note: these sessions are for Melbourne Law School students.

Before coming along to the Q&A sessions, we recommend you take a look at the Legal Research in Practice module on the LASC Community. Access is for University of Melbourne students and staff only. If you don’t have access to the LASC Community, you can self-enrol, this page has further information on getting access.