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Instructions for the grading of Master Theses in Law

Adopted by the Faculty Board on 9.3.2015, case no. JF 9-15

1.     Each master thesis shall be graded by two graders 

2.      Grading of the master thesis shall be done in a manner closely connected with the learning goals.

3.      The use of sources and the methodology shall be given more weight than the substantive elements of the thesis. For a pass grade the thesis show some advanced knowledge of the topic, or at least in some of its parts.

4.      Weight shall be given to the ability to identify and formulate research questions, as well as to the ability to distinguish between primary and subsidiary questions, and to the ability to understand the questions in context.

5.      Research independence shall be rewarded. Examples of research independence: analysis of a theme that is not well covered in the literature; or analysis that raises new questions or looks at existing questions from novel or interesting perspectives, provided in both cases the analysis is of a sufficient quality

6.      Theses that show the ability to independently see emergent methodological or substantive patterns or relations not explicit discussed in the literature or in the sources shall be rewarded. Analyses that address question of the politics of law shall also be rewarded, so long as they do not lose sight of the different role of analyses de lege lata and de lege ferenda.

7.    Of importance for the assessment are also the use of available legal sources and relevant facts in accordance with the methodological principles of the field, the ability to discuss research questions appropriately as measured against disciplinary relevance and fit, the ability to distinguish, methodologically and substantively, what is relevant from what is not relevant as well as what is certain from what is uncertain, based on the facts of the case and on the relevant literature and sources, shall also be given weight. Weight shall be also given to the appropriate selection of material.

8.      Where the delimitation of the scope of the thesis is explicit and appropriately motivated, themes that may have been relevant but are not included in the scope of the thesis shall not form the basis for a lower grading. Space and scope limitations are part of the framework for a master thesis.

9.      The ability to present and articulate an argument are independent goals of the thesis:  command of the language, clear exposition, transparency, precision, systematic analysis, appropriate referencing and citations, or lack thereof, shall be weighted.

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