What are the benefits of undertaking a research thesis?
There are many good reasons to take an elective which allows you to research in depth in an area of law you are passionate about. Other undergraduate classes expose you to a wide range of topics and problems. However in your research thesis you have the opportunity to articulate an original argument within an area of the law of particular interest to you.
Of course, for LLB students (and JD students commencing their degree from 2012), completing a research thesis or paper is a prerequisite for graduating with Honours.
Successfully completing a research thesis or paper signals to potential employers (including law firms) that you have gained:
- Advanced research and written communication skills.
- Research techniques needed to acquire, distil and utilise legal information.
- The ability to analyse the law strategically, and to evaluate legal and policy options and viewpoints.
- A high level of independent thinking, creativity and critical analysis.
- Extensive knowledge of an area of the law.
The research thesis or paper may also provide students with the opportunity to:
- Practice sustaining an argument across a longer piece of writing.
- Engage in cross-disciplinary scholarship between law and other degrees studied , e.g. communications law, health law, international law, business law, etc.
- Gain the skills required to apply for a position as a Judge's Associate, TipStaff or Research Assistant at UTS.
- Qualify for further postgraduate academic study.