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Writing a LLB dissertation

In terms of the law dissertation content, it is common to give a critical overview of a specific topic. Choose a research topic and ensure that it is not too broad. It is a good idea to choose a topic, which has not been extensively investigated. Ask yourself on what particular theory your investigation builds, what sources are needed to answer the dissertation question, what method to use to collect data and whether this is possible. Subsequently, gather all relevant material and ideally print them out, so that you can make annotations when you read through the different sources.

Devise a structure and ensure that it contains appropriate references. Study the topic and also become aware of all the critical issues. State what research methods you use. Display a high degree of analysis and show that you know the literature. Writing a law dissertation requires good time management. Set deadlines, so that the writing process remains manageable. Always write down the sources, including the page number. Analyse sources and explain arguments and concepts. Prepare a plan to outline the chapters and content you will discuss. Devise draft headings, including sub-headings, as this makes it easier to tackle different parts in stages.

It is a good idea to write the introduction at the end, as one often does not know exactly all the important points and arguments, which will be discussed. As the introduction sets the scene and gives the first impression, it is important to take great care. In some instances, you also have to provide enough background information, so that the reader can understand why you are making a particular argument.

Each chapter of the dissertation should also have an introduction and it is a good idea to state your argument and to have a short conclusion. Link the different chapters, so that they build upon each other.

Try and be innovative by discussing matters, which have not been previously debated. Hence, do not just re-state arguments, which have been presented many times over.
When writing your conclusion, give a reasoned opinion, but do not be afraid to state your opinion.

Leave yourself enough time to re-read what you have written and ensure that your draft has no typos or other mistakes.

It is not enough to just show that you know some primary and secondary sources, but instead you have to show imagination, present the work eloquently and refer to a wide source of references. Demonstrate analytical rigour.

Provide critical insight, display excellent analytical skills and write in a concise manner.