All courses undertaken at UNSW Law School contain assessments. They are designed to help students know what they have learned (summative), as well as to give students feedback on what they need to improve (formative).
They are designed to assess student work in terms of both content and academic skills, and begin at a foundational level and become more complex.
An underlying feature of Law School assessment tasks is that students learn problem solving by addressing the problem from a number of different perspectives.
The kinds of assessments students undertake during a law degree include: written advice to clients on hypothetical problems, exams, policy-based essays, presentations, reflective writing, mooting, internships, case notes, and class participation.
The Law School puts great value on developing effective and innovative assessments which help to build students as resilient, effective and just learners able to adapt to the varying demands of both studying and practising law.
All Law students should read and abide by UNSW Law Assessment Procedure and Student Information.Refer to archive versions below if required.
Students can also refer to the following UNSW policies:
UNSW Law Assessment Policy and Student Information 2017
UNSW Law Assessment Policy and Student Information 2016
UNSW Law Assessment Policy and Student Information 2015
UNSW Law Assessment Policy and Student Information 2014
What does a good essay need?
An academic essay aims to persuade readers of an idea based on evidence.
- An academic essay should answer a question or task.
- It should have a thesis statement (answer to the question) and an argument.
- It should try to present or discuss something: develop a thesis via a set of closely related points by reasoning and evidence.
- An academic essay should include relevant examples, supporting evidence and information from academic texts or credible sources.
Basic steps in writing an essay
Although there are some basic steps to writing an assignment, essay writing is not a linear process. You might work through the different stages a number of times in the course of writing an essay. For example, you may go back to the reading and notetaking stage if you find another useful text, or perhaps to reread to locate specific information.
Possible steps (In no strict order)
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