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Advanced Law Project (Applied) - LAW00085H

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  • Department: The York Law School
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Arvind Thiruvallore Thattai
  • Credit value: 40 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This is one of two the final year advanced law project modules providing a capstone for your learning at YLS. The other is the Advanced Law Project (Dissertation). You must chose one of them. For this module you will be limited to a number of areas of law that we will make known before you make your choice of module. You will chose the type of project from one of the following: 1) Law Reform; 2) A court judgment or 3) A practice analysis.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25 to Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

  • To introduce students to the process of formulating an applied project requiring advanced research skills, and designing a research programme for that project.

  • To introduce students to the process of supervised independent research.

  • To develop the skills needed to complete a substantial research project

Module learning outcomes

On completion of this model, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify an applied project in one of the identified areas of law that has the potential to be the subject of applied legal research

  • Develop a proposal for that project and design a supporting research programme

  • Carry out independent research to support the project

  • Identify, locate and use relevant primary sources

  • Identify and critically analyse legal and other relevant issues relevant to the subject of the project, engaging with a wide range of relevant secondary sources

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of their field of study

  • Construct a coherent and logical project at an advanced level, developing and sustaining arguments, or analysing and evaluating current issues and problems within their chosen area

  • Present their project with a high degree of written proficiency, applying appropriate referencing techniques, and writing in a style suitable for a defined audience


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Project report
N/A 85
Essay plan : Project Plan
N/A 15

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Project report
N/A 85
Essay plan : Project Plan
N/A 15

Module feedback

There are opportunities for formative feedback through the supervision process.

Indicative reading

  • G. Holborn, Butterworths Legal Research Guide (2nd edition, 2001. Butterworths)
  • G. Griffin, M. McConville and Wing Hong Chui, Research Methods for Law (2007, Edinburgh University Press)
  • A. L. Parrish and D.T. Yokoyama, Effective Lawyering: A Checklist Approach to Legal Writing and Oral Argument (2007. Carolina Academic Press)
  • S Halliday (ed), An Introduction to the Study of Law (W. Green, 2012)

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.