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I really want to study law at uni and so I thought an EPQ would help look good. I think I want to focus on criminal law & like miscarriages of justice / bad aspects of the law which allow me to scrutinise the law. I was thinking about indeterminate sentences but can’t think of how to word it. Could you help with that or give suggestions on other titles?

I really appreciate it thank you
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Hi, I moved your thread to a more relevant forum hopefully people with more knowledge will see this better
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hmm not sure if i can be of any help, but im intersted to see what other people say....
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hmm not sure if i can be of any help, but im intersted to see what other people say....
Me too XD
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I really want to study law at uni and so I thought an EPQ would help look good. I think I want to focus on criminal law & like miscarriages of justice / bad aspects of the law which allow me to scrutinise the law. I was thinking about indeterminate sentences but can’t think of how to word it. Could you help with that or give suggestions on other titles?

I really appreciate it thank you
One idea would be to choose a case study, research it and then research the law surrounding the case and what laws you could apply to make sure that the case can be resolved justly and fairly. It would be a good demonstration of your abilities and at a very basic level that’s what solicitors do
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One idea would be to choose a case study, research it and then research the law surrounding the case and what laws you could apply to make sure that the case can be resolved justly and fairly. It would be a good demonstration of your abilities and at a very basic level that’s what solicitors do
Thank you I didn’t think of that !!
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Thank you I didn’t think of that !!
All good, that’s my idea anyways
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I am almost finished with my EPQ in Law. It's about terrorism prosecutions since 1997 and whether or not the government's policy towards terrorists treats them fairly under the HRA and counter to non-terrorist related prosecutions. Let me give you warning in advance, it's chuffing difficult and I found that I certainly had a lot more reading to do than others in my group and some of the texts I found are difficult to read as they are intended for individuals a bit more qualified than I am 😂.

If you want something on indeterminate sentences, the two main crimes there are of course rape and murder. You could word it something along the lines of 'to what extent has indefinite detention out lived its purpose?" "Are judges overusing indefinite detention?" "Is indefinite detention necessary?" "Should indefinite detention be outlined in statute law or should judges be given more freedom?" That sort of ilk.

If you want something on miscarriages of justice, have a look at the Birmingham Six and the Guildford 4.

But the best piece of advice I can give you, is to allow the research to dictate your question. Law is such a vast topic and you may find yourself having a very long question like I did in order to make a 5,000 word essay, and your essay title will probably change a lot throughout the course of your EPQ and don't be afraid to change it. If you have any questions feel free to PM me
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I am almost finished with my EPQ in Law. It's about terrorism prosecutions since 1997 and whether or not the government's policy towards terrorists treats them fairly under the HRA and counter to non-terrorist related prosecutions. Let me give you warning in advance, it's chuffing difficult and I found that I certainly had a lot more reading to do than others in my group and some of the texts I found are difficult to read as they are intended for individuals a bit more qualified than I am 😂.

If you want something on indeterminate sentences, the two main crimes there are of course rape and murder. You could word it something along the lines of 'to what extent has indefinite detention out lived its purpose?" "Are judges overusing indefinite detention?" "Is indefinite detention necessary?" "Should indefinite detention be outlined in statute law or should judges be given more freedom?" That sort of ilk.

If you want something on miscarriages of justice, have a look at the Birmingham Six and the Guildford 4.

But the best piece of advice I can give you, is to allow the research to dictate your question. Law is such a vast topic and you may find yourself having a very long question like I did in order to make a 5,000 word essay, and your essay title will probably change a lot throughout the course of your EPQ and don't be afraid to change it. If you have any questions feel free to PM me
Thank you that actually really useful. Would looking at sentences in general be too wide? Because I like the idea of looking at sentencing and prejudices and different types and if they’re used effectively
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Thank you that actually really useful. Would looking at sentences in general be too wide? Because I like the idea of looking at sentencing and prejudices and different types and if they’re used effectively
The best thing you could do is ask someone who works in law, ideally a barrister or even better a judge. I emailed an emeritus professor at the University of Leeds, who used to work as a solicitor, and I just so happen to know a QC so I spoke to him as well. I find that they are very helpful and the Leeds professor even gave me some very useful resources to look at.

I reckon with sentencing you've started to whittle it down there to something that would become usable. Start doing some preliminary research and thinking with regards to sentencing and see where you're taken. That's what I did. I started just by looking at prosecutions and from there found a few articles about terrorism prosecutions and their human rights implications and followed that path.

With sentencing you may find through some initial research that you evaluate the effectiveness of the death penalty and whether or not it should be used in the United Kingdom or you may find that you start researching sentences for summary offences and evaluating how well they reduce crime and reoffending rates that sort of thing. There are many paths you can take and you will find that your question changes a lot to either expand or constrict content. But most importantly let your research decide your question. Don't let your question decide your research.

Do you have any initial titles that you are thinking of?
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