Master of Studies in Legal Research/Socio-Legal Research

  • [For students starting before MT 2018: 1. Candidates for admission to the course will be required to produce evidence of their appropriate qualifications for the course.

  • 2. Candidates must follow a course of instruction in Legal Research Method approved by the Law Board, and must satisfy the examiners that they have completed to the required standard such tests or exercises in Legal Research Method as may be prescribed by the Law Board as part of such a course of instruction. Where the Law Board judges that it has sufficient evidence of a candidate's proficiency in legal research method, it may in exceptional circumstances dispense a candidate from this requirement.

  • 3. Every candidate on admission as a student shall be placed by the board of the Law Faculty under the supervision of a graduate member of the University or other competent person selected by the board, and the board shall have power for sufficient reasons to change the supervisor of any student.

  • 4. Examination for the Degree shall be by thesis, and by oral examination. The thesis must not exceed 30,000 words and should not normally be less than 25,000 words in length (the limit to include all notes but to exclude all tables and bibliography, and the candidate to state the number of words in the thesis to the nearest hundred words). The thesis shall be wholly or substantially the result of work undertaken whilst registered for the degree of M.St. in Legal Research. The required format for this thesis is the common format prescribed for all law theses, which is printed in the Faculty of Law's Graduate Students' Handbook. The examiners must satisfy themselves that the thesis affords evidence of serious study by the candidate and of ability to discuss a difficult problem critically; that the candidate possesses a good general knowledge of the field of learning within which the subject of the thesis falls; that the thesis is presented in a lucid and scholarly manner, and that the candidate has made a worthwhile contribution to knowledge or understanding in the field of learning within which the subject of the thesis falls to the extent that could reasonably be expected within the time normally spent as a student for the Degree.

  • 5. At any time not earlier than the third nor later than the fifth term after the term of admission, a candidate may apply to the Board for examination. Such application shall be made to the Head of Examinations and Assessments and shall be accompanied by

    • (1) a statement as to what part, if any, of his or her thesis has already been accepted, or is being currently submitted, for any degree in this University or elsewhere;

    • (2) a statement that the thesis is the candidate's own work, except where otherwise indicated;

    • (3) two copies or, if leave has been obtained from the Board of the Faculty of Law, one copy of his or her thesis either at the same time as his or her application or at such later time as the Education Committee shall by regulation permit. The thesis must be securely and firmly bound in either hard or soft covers. Loose-leaf binding is not acceptable.

  • 6. On receipt of any such application the Registrar shall submit it to the Board. The Board shall thereupon appoint two examiners whose duties shall be:

    • (1) to consider the thesis sent in by the student under the provisions of the preceding clause, provided that they shall exclude from consideration in making their report any part of the thesis which has already been accepted, or is being concurrently submitted, for any degree in this University or elsewhere, and shall have the power to require the candidate to produce for their inspection the complete thesis so accepted or concurrently submitted.

    • (2) to examine the candidate orally on the subject of his or her thesis and on subjects relevant to his or her field of study, and, if they wish on such matters as will enable them to discharge their duties under sub-paragraph (3) or (4);

    • (3) to report to the Board whether on the basis of the thesis submitted, the oral examination, and, where applicable, the report referred to in paragraph (7), the candidate:

      • (i) should be awarded the Degree;

      • (ii) should be awarded the Degree with Distinction; or

      • (iii) should be given the opportunity to re-submit for the Degree within a further three terms.

    The Education Committee shall have power, on the application of a faculty board in a special case, to authorise the appointment of a third examiner (or an assessor), upon such conditions and to perform such functions as the committee shall approve; any fee paid to such an additional examiner or assessor shall be met from the funds at the disposal of the committee.

    The Education Committee shall have power to make regulations concerning the notice to be given of the oral examination and of the time and place at which it may be held.

  • 7. On receipt of the report of the examiners, it shall be the duty of the board to decide whether the candidate is qualified to supplicate for the Degree of Master of Studies, with or without the award of a Distinction, and, if not, to indicate that the candidate should be given the opportunity to apply for re-examination.

    The board may not permit the candidate to supplicate for the degree unless and until the Director of the Course in Legal Research Method, failing whom the Director of Graduate Studies (Research), has certified that the candidate has satisfied or been exempted from the requirements of that course.

  • 8. If the board has adopted a recommendation that the candidate be given the opportunity to resubmit, and the candidate indicates the wish to take up that opportunity, the candidate shall retain the status and obligations of a Student for the Degree of Master of Studies and shall be permitted to apply to be re-examined within the period specified in para.6 (3) (iii) above. Upon receiving such an application, the Board may reappoint the previous examiners, or may appoint different examiners instead of any or all of the previous examiners, as it shall judge appropriate.

  • 9. The board may exempt any candidate who has re-submitted for the Degree from oral examination provided that the examiners are satisfied, without examining the candidate orally, that they can recommend to the board that the candidate has reached the standard required for the Degree.]