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Unit information: Final Year Research Project in 2021/22

Unit name Final Year Research Project
Unit code LAWD30091
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Phillipson
Open unit status Not open




School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The Law Research Project requires final year law students to engage in an extended piece of legal research. General guidance is provided by the unit director and specific guidance will be provided by members of the academic staff in their areas of expertise. The unit is assessed by way of a single piece of written work of 5,000 words presenting, and engaging with, the topic in question.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit a successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate that they can carry out independent legal or socio-legal research
  • Demonstrate that they can critically engage with a topic area
  • Demonstrate that they can construct and sustain a coherent argument through an extended essay

Teaching Information

Five introductory lectures and structured contact with Project Adviser.

Assessment Information

1 x summative assessment: coursework with a 5,000 limit word count (100%)

The assessment will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.