Twenty Outstanding Law Dissertation Topics For University


Law school is tough; there’s no debate on that subject. One of the biggest hurdles in completing a law degree is choosing a topic for your dissertation. Once you have a topic, you’ll have to write an in-depth proposal to sell your idea to your dissertation committee.

One of the hardest elements of the process is trimming down your idea into a topic that is manageable. You’ll need to make certain that your topic is germane to your field of study, of course. Don’t do your dissertation on divorce law if you’re studying corporate law.

Here are 20 topics from various niches of the field of law. Look them over; perhaps you’ll find a spark of inspiration for your own dissertation:

  1. In what ways has the decision in Harrison v Gibson altered the law on the certainty of intention?

  2. Trustee powers of investment: A critical examination of the courts’ consideration of financial benefits

  3. Examine the validity of the presumption that resulting trusts and advancement have gained defunct status and should be abolished.

  4. Examine the attitude of the courts, as demonstrated in relevant rulings, toward trusts espousing political purposes.

  5. Discuss the prevailing attitude among journalists and media entities that their First Amendment Right to free speech should be given special protection and latitude by reason of their role in advancing the public interest.

  6. Discuss the process of judicial review from a strong vs weak perspective.

  7. Examine the conflict between civil liberties and public safety in the arena of anti-terrorism legislation.

  8. Examine the moral and legal issues surrounding “late-term” abortion procedures.

  9. Discuss ramifications of amendments to Roe v Wade to provide adequate protections to the rights of the father.

  10. Examine the potential legal ramification of stem cell research to include human embryos cultivated for profit.

  11. Discuss the legal ramifications of breaches of authoritative norms in general international law.

  12. Critically examine the relationship between national law and international law.

  13. Discuss the role of cultural norms and customs in the development of international criminal law.

  14. Examine the conflict between general business law and corporate trade secrets.

  15. Discuss the viability of the enforcement of benefit sharing as a tool for regulating aspects of intellectual property rights.

  16. Compare and discuss U.S. and U.K copyright and trademark law as relates to damages.

  17. Discuss the current copyright system and its ability to effectively respond to the challenges posed by the internet and digitalization of intellectual property.

  18. Examine the central rationale for trademark protection as a means for businesses to protect their brand value vs public interest as a primary consideration.

  19. Discuss the law’s response to the effects of domestic violence on male victims.

  20. Examine the law’s governing authority of the state to intervene in the private lives of citizens when the welfare of a child is in question.

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