Doctor of Legal Science (Research)

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Program Description

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must have a Master of Laws degree or a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree with an Honours average of at least 75 percent or an equivalent grade elsewhere.
An applicant may be required to satisfy the Dean that they have the appropriate level of research skills to undertake the qualification, which includes writing a thesis of between 50,000 and 80,000 words.
Admission is on the basis of an approved research proposal and availability of appropriate supervision. Applicants are required to complete up to six subjects listed under the Master of Laws before undertaking the thesis component of the degree. Alternatively, admission may be awarded through transferring from the Master of Laws coursework to the thesis component of the research. Applicants will have achieved an average of at least 75 percent in the Master of Laws coursework.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Applicants must complete:

  • Up to six electives chosen from the subjects listed under Master of Laws.
  • A written research thesis of between 50,000 - 80,000 words (depending upon the number of electives undertaken), which represents a substantial contribution to the exposition, knowledge, and understanding of the field of study and which demonstrates a capacity for independent research.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

This program is a doctoral-level degree. It is possible to elect to do fewer subjects in exchange for writing a longer thesis (approximately 5000 words are added to the thesis length for each subject dropped).

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