Bachelor's Essay ELS (8)
Full course description
The Bachelor is concluded with an essay in which the student reports on legal research that is executed independently and individually.
The student chooses a topic for a bachelor's essay at the end of the second bachelor's year (period 2.6) and prepares a research proposal on a self-chosen research question within that topic. No later than 30 September, the student submits the research proposal via the Academic Paper Dossier. This proposal will be discussed between student and supervisor before 31 October. If no research proposal has been submitted, the right to supervision expires. The deadline for submitting the final version of the essay via the Academic Paper Dossier is 1 June of the academic year following registration for the Bachelor's essay module (bachelor's year 3).
The student is able, within a topic chosen from a list provided by the staff, to formulate a research question at Bachelor's level and to provide an answer to this question in a legally and linguistically correct and structured manner with adequate references.
The student is able to collect and interpret relevant legal sources, and where necessary also social and scientific data, with the aim of formulating an opinion on a legal question. This opinion is based on the weighing of relevant legal and possibly societal or ethical aspects.
In answering the research question, the student is able to apply his/her knowledge and insight in such a way that this shows an academic approach to his/her field of study. In this context, the student demonstrates in particular that (s)he has the required competences for substantiating and solving problems in the field.
The student demonstrates that (s)he is capable of effectively communicating information, ideas and solutions to a scientific audience that consists primarily of lawyers.
The student demonstrates that (s)he possesses the research and writing skills necessary to successfully complete legal research that presupposes a high level of autonomy.
In order to register for the bachelor’s essay module a minimum of 60 credits must be obtained in the bachelor's degree programme.
In principle, the student must register for the bachelor’s essay module during the registration period in period 2.6. If the student has not yet obtained sufficient credits at that time, (s)he can make use of the option to register for the bachelor's essay module after the registration period in period 2.6, but before the start of the next academic year by means of the contact form on the student portal. A topic can be chosen once the registration has been processed.
The bachelor’s essay module with 8 ECTS is meant for European Law School students taking the minor Dutch Law (Nederlands Recht). Other European Law School students need to register for the bachelor’s essay module with 12 ECTs (course code LAW2653).