Methodology of Legal Research
The course "Research Methodology" aims to serve as a basis and an instrument for the
preparation of the master's dissertation that will allow the student to obtain a master's degree in Law. At the end of the semester, students attending the course will have developed the
necessary competencies to:
i) choose and delimit the subject of the dissertation;
ii) critically research and analytically treat information collected;
iii) to elaborate a project for the master's dissertation;
iv) to write the dissertation.
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A first part of the class consists of the presentation of the contents of a
master's dissertation. A second part of the class consists of the presentation by the students of their
master's dissertation projects, so that they can be analyzed and discussed by the teacher and the other
Essay, with consists of writing the Master's dissertation project, or written exam, without consultation, on the whole syllabus.
Who write the Master's dissertation project can also take the final exam to improve the grade
1) Topics I and II 1 of the program contain all the necessary steps to develop an initial problem. This
allows to fulfill the objective (i): to choose and to delimit the subject for the dissertation.
2) After the formulation of the problem, the program focuses on its topics II 2-7, to explore the various
possibilities of researching documentation and information, as well as the analysis of this material. This
allows us to fulfill the objective (ii): to critically research and analytically analyze the collected
3) Having elaborated the initial problem, collected and analyzed the documentation and information
necessary to develop this problem, the program is dedicated, in its topics III 1-3, to the formulation of
the other elements of the project: discussion of the state of art, definition of objectives and justification
of the methodology. This will meet the objective (iii): to elabore a research pre-project.
4) The topics III 4 and IV of the program will then be dedicated to the other elements that make up the
text of the dissertation, and that will allow to fulfill the objective (iv): to write the master's dissertation.
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