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Award in Legal Research and Interpretation Methodology

Detailed Information

Starting Date:8 January 2025
Time:17:30 till 20:30hrs
Lectures Days:Wednesday
Duration:7 sessions - Part Time
Contact hours:20 of 100 total learning hours
MQF/EQF Level:5
Delivery Language:English
Trainer:Dr Elian Scicluna
Get 70% Refunded through the Get Qualified Scheme

This Study programme aims at directing participants to begin building upon or further enhance their research skills with particular focus on legal research. Participants will be guided as to the various locations, whether real or virtual, where they can conduct research related to their studies and work, such as the Court or Notarial Archives, the online Court judgment search engine, online sources of EU law and policies, etc.

Participants will also be guided as to theories and research methodology which will aid them to conduct proper research according to the context of the field of law in question and the desired results of such research being made. They will also go through the method of formulating results from the records of their research and understand the process of doing so in order to formulate opinions and results of an adequate standard.

Participants will also analyse the linguistic style which Maltese law adopts, in contrast to certain other styles adopted in other jurisdictions. They will therefore have the opportunity to study the manner in which Maltese law is formulated in order to have an easier understanding of the provisions of the local legislation.

Who should attend?
Anyone interested to comprehend local legislation and enhance their research skills with particular focus on legal research, In-house lawyers, lawyers working in private practice, law students and supporting staff in law firms or legal offices.

2 Advanced level subjects at Grade C or better, and 3 Intermediate level subjects at Grade C or better. 1 of any of these subjects must be Maltese or English


3 Advanced level subjects at Grade C or better


Mature/Adult Learning Student (must be 23 when course starts) subject to an interview by the Head of the Academy.

There will be two assignments and students will have a choice – they will be able to choose 2 assignments out of 4.

By the end of the study programme participants will have been exposed to and understand how to:

  • Conduct research into a wide variety of different legal spheres;
  • Adapt the results of such research to one’s requirements;
  • Analyse results and findings in a manner appropriate to the task at hand;
  • Formulate the results of such research in a clear and concise manner
  • Grasp the linguistic style of legal provisions and interpret them in an efficient manner.
  • A varied knowledge of existing research methodology skills;
  • The application of relevant research methodology to legal research;
  • Existing sources for legal research to be conducted;
  • How research questions are to be formulated and approached.
The Malta Further and Higher Education Authority deems this Award to be at Level 5 in the Malta Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning.
Get Your Money BackEmployers can get their money back through
€332.50 will be refunded through the Get Qualified SchemeEmployers applying for the IIS Scheme under the 2nd Call will be eligible to receive a subsidy of €25.85 per trainee per hour in the case of training costs

Detailed Time Table

1. Introduction to Legal Research – 8 January 2025
2. Legal Research Sources – 15 January 2025
3. Models of Legal Research – 22 January 2025
4. Sampling, Data Collection and Interpretation Methodologies – 29 January 2025
5. Research Design – 5 February 2025
6. Legal Writing – 12 February 2025
7. Applied Legal Research – 19 February 2025

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