These pages offer guidance to law students about to write a postgraduate dissertation on a taught Masters programme. This complements the page on writing law essays but is intended more for postgraduate law students on a Masters programme  who are writing a substantial 10-20,000 word dissertation. As well as the page on law essays you may well find the Further Reading page useful.

As ever, bear in mind your supervisor, school and university will all have their own requirements, and you should heed these.

I am grateful to colleagues and students at the University of Lancaster, Queen’s University of Belfast and Ulster University for their advice on these issues over the years.

This guide is spilt into 4 sections: 

If you prefer to read as a single document this guide is available on SSRN.