Information about the research and writing support available in semester 2 is available on this page.
If you have any questions about the workshops run by the Legal Academic Skills Centre, please email Dr Chantal Morton, Director of the LASC.
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
- Legal Research Workshops
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.
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.
CANCELLED 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
ESSAYS 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) A zoom link will be sent to you after registration closes on Monday 25 July.
EXAMS 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) A zoom link will be sent to you after registration closes on Monday 1 August.
ESSAYS 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) A zoom link will be sent to you after registration closes on Monday 23 August.
EXAMS 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) A zoom link will be sent to you after registration closes on Monday 21 September.
GETTING PUBLISHED (Date TBC)
PERSUASIVE WRITING (Date TBC)
GRAMMAR FOR LEGAL WRITING (Dates TBC)
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:
- 17 August Strategies for reading legal materials (also covered in full time orientation)
- 24 August Critical engagement with your material – logical fallacies
- 31 August Taking notes and time management for completing assignments
- 7 September Reading case law (also covered in full time orientation)
- 14 September Reading case law continued (also covered in full time orientation)
- 21 September Common law legal reasoning – using our new skills (also covered in full time orientation)
- 28 September Strategies for Writing Legal Research Papers – setting a research question and structuring your argument
- 5 October Using law and secondary sources to support your argument
- 12 October Referencing (Footnotes) and the AGLC
PLEASE REGISTER if you are interested in attending any of the workshops. A Zoom link will be sent to you after registration closes on Friday 13 August.
Legal Research Workshops
These research workshops are designed for law students who are writing a research paper. The workshops are facilitated by the LASC and Law Library. All workshops will be held via Zoom from 1-2pm (so feel free to bring your lunch). Following is the schedule:
- Finding Secondary Sources for Your Research Paper – Monday 9 August – REGISTER
- Managing your research with Zotero – Thursday 12 August – REGISTER
- Finding Australian Legislation – Monday 16 August – REGISTER
- Finding Australian Cases – Thursday 19 August – REGISTER
- Foreign and Comparative Legal Research – Monday 23 August – REGISTER
- Public International Law Research – Thursday 26 August – REGISTER
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the workshop.
New and improved Writing Camp 2021 for all JD, MLM, and RHD Students
Two streams with 60 students ran the weeks of 5 and 12 July 2021. There will be follow-up workshops with a focus on grammar to persuade. Watch this space and the LASC Canvas announcements for more information later in the year.
Persuasive Writing TBC