This module builds upon students' elementary legal research skills to equip them to complete an extended essay covering some initially unfamiliar material. Students will be presented with a choice of topics and questions to adopt as their final assessment, drawn from public law, criminal law and contract law, requiring independent development of their existing knowledge of law and its social application. The differences between the various common legal research methods and their relative merits will be examined, including doctrinal, comparative and interdisciplinary approaches. Students will need to reflect upon the various available strategies for addressing their chosen question. The module will also introduce students to the role of research in influencing policy, the various methods of presenting research findings, and effective strategies for structuring academic writing.