Law research unit

Enrolling for Research unit A, B (6 credit points) and Supervised Research Paper (12 credit points) consists of two stages. Candidates should read through and understand the stages below before embarking on the application process.

Stage 1: Eligibility and proposal

Check your eligibility

Approval to do a research paper will not be given unless the candidate has met the required prerequisites following for the unit. Students will need to check unit handbook entry for more information:

Application and Proposal preparation

The student must complete the online application form. The student should approach an academic member of the faculty to discuss a proposal (or alternative proposals) to research a topic for the purpose of undertaking a Research Paper.

A proposal is to be prepared by the candidate in consultation with the faculty member, and must contain information such as:

  • the nature, definition and outline of the topic
  • the resources required to research it
  • suggestions as to who might act as Supervisor (Note: The academic faculty member can also be your supervisor)

The student must also complete Research unit supporting statement from supervisor form. The form must be signed by the faculty member, and submitted to the research unit Chief Examiner via Undergraduate Student Services office.

Application due dates and Discontinuation dates

Research Unit A, Research Unit B & Supervised Research Paper are available over teaching periods in the table below. Applications submitted later than application closing date may not be considered.

Teaching periodApplication closing dateWithdrawn early ends
Academic and financial penalties apply after this date
Withdrawn late ends
Academic and financial penalties for WD-Fail apply after this date
Final submission

Summer A 2017

13 October 2017




Summer B 2018

15 December 2017




Semester 1 2017

13 February 2017

31 March 2017

1 May 2017

26 May 2017

Semester 2 2017

10 July 2017

21 August 2017

25 September 2017

20 October 2017

Full Year 2017 (Supervised Research paper only)

13 February 2017

30 April 2017

31 July 2017

20 October 2017

Stage 2: Approval and submission

Approval of proposal

The completed application and proposal form and will be submitted to the Chief Examiner of the unit for approval. You will be contacted with the outcome of the proposal via your Monash email account by Law Student Services within 2 weeks of application.

If the proposal has been approved, you will be provided with an approval letter and enrolled into the unit by Law student services.

  • The approval letter will outline the approved topic, supervisor and submission date.
  • You will be enrolled into the unit by Law student services staff on receipt of the approval letter.
  • Enrolment in this unit will be subjected to the approval and appointment of a Supervisor.

If the proposal has not been approved, you will be provided a letter.

Submission of the research paper

Submit the completed research paper directly to Law student services on or before the approved submission date. Your supervisor will mark the paper and provide Undergraduate Student Services office with the mark sheet and report.

The final marks and report will be submitted to the Undergraduate Board of Examiners for approval and will be made available on the relevant result release date for the period you are enrolled into.

Other matters

Availability and appointment of supervisor

If you do not have a supervisor and require one, the Chief Examiner of the unit will recommend the appointment of a suitable member of the faculty as Supervisor of the Research Paper. The Supervisor will normally, but not necessarily, be the faculty member consulted by the student.

In deciding whether to approve the proposal, the Chief Examiner should have regard to the availability of a person or persons to provide adequate supervision.

Extension request for submission

The final research paper must be submitted no later than the final submission date of the respective teaching period. An extension maybe applied for via the Special Consideration process.

Form, style and standard of the research paper

The research paper should normally not exceed:

Research A and B - 5000-6000 words in length excluding appendices, bibliography and footnotes that are purely citations.

Supervised Research paper 10000-12000 words in length excluding appendices, bibliography and footnotes that are purely citations.

The standard required of a research paper is that is should demonstrate independent research and advanced competence in legal analysis and writing.

Contact us


Professor Graeme Hodge – Chief Examiner


Phone: +61 3 9905 3336