The word "paper" on this site seems to be extensively used to refer to serious scientific publications/articles by PhD students and other researchers.
Now I am coming across its use by students completing a diploma in legal executive studies — which is not even bachelor's degree level. Here are real examples:
- I live in ... and will be continuing on with my Legal Exec papers from home, having completed two papers last year.
- I have finished 3 papers and I hope to complete 3 papers this year.
- Only 2 more papers towards completion!
- I am hoping to complete my two final papers this semester (Business and Estate Law).
Never having been a student in an English-speaking country before, I am now struggling to perceive what exactly those "papers" are. Can someone please explain? The examples above are from New Zealand.