CREDITS 4 (LV) 6 (ECTS) - 60 Contact Hours

CREDITS 4 (LV) 6 (ECTS) - 60 Contact Hours

This course will provide an occasion for students to undertake further independent research, which is based  on the substance of law and business taught during the first and second years.

CREDITS 4 (LV) 6 (ECTS)
This course will provide an occasion for students to undertake independent research, which is based on the separate course in research methods, as well as on the substance of law taught during the first year. Guidance on the selection of topics will be provided by lectures that are placed well in advance of the period for writing research papers.

CREDITS 2 (LV) 3 (ECTS) - 30 Contact Hours

This methodology course starts by examining the differences between texts in the different layers of the law (normative texts, legislative history and related official communicatios, judicial and administrative decisions, jurisprudence) as sources of legal research and legal writing. The different factors through which examination is done include, inter alia, their objectives and functions for suitability for legal research, and textual and stylistical differences. Various exercises are offered for the reading, interpretation and analysis of different types of legal texts and the reverse engineering of information contained therein, etc.

The course proceeds to examine the differences between the roles and expectations towards legal research and writing in the different legal profession.

The third and most extensive component of the course is to look at legal research and writing for thesis (research paper) purposes in law. From ther formulation of the research question and thesis topic through outlining, spotting and analysing the available sources, information and time management for thesis writing purposes, writing methodology, structuring and proportionality, many separate elements of the research and writing process are analysed through lectures and seminars, until the discussion of preparation for the oral defense.

RBA127 Course Outline.pdfRBA127 Course Outline.pdf

CREDITS 10 (LV) 15 (ECTS)

CREDITS 2 (LV) 3 (ECTS) - 30 Contact Hours

This methodology course starts by examining the differences between texts in the different layers of the law (normative texts, legislative history and related official communicatios, judicial and administrative decisions, jurisprudence) as sources of legal research and legal writing. The different factors through which examination is done include, inter alia, their objectives and functions for suitability for legal research, and textual and stylistical differences. Various exercises are offered for the reading, interpretation and analysis of different types of legal texts and the reverse engineering of information contained therein, etc.

The course proceeds to examine the differences between the roles and expectations towards legal research and writing in the different legal profession.

The third and most extensive component of the course is to look at legal research and writing for thesis (research paper) purposes in law. From ther formulation of the research question and thesis topic through outlining, spotting and analysing the available sources, information and time management for thesis writing purposes, writing methodology, structuring and proportionality, many separate elements of the research and writing process are analysed through lectures and seminars, until the discussion of preparation for the oral defense.

RBC225 Course Outline.pdfRBC225 Course Outline.pdf