Juris Doctor

Unit outlines will be available through Find a unit outline two weeks before the first day of teaching for 1000-level and 5000-level units, or one week before the first day of teaching for all other units.

Not all units of study listed are offered in a given year. Please refer to the latest Sydney Law School lecture timetable.

Students are advised that given the current pandemic context, it may be necessary, at very short notice, to change unit of study details, including mode of delivery and assessment. Students should check unit of study details provided in the unit outline at the start of each unit of study and continue to check for any changes throughout the semester.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Elective Units of Study

Juris Doctor students must complete 42 credit points of elective units of study comprising:
(i) a maximum of 36 credit points of units of study from Part 1 Electives
(ii) a minimum of 6 credit points of units of study from Part 2 Jurisprudence Electives
(iii) no more than 24 credit points of master's level units of study in the Juris Doctor

Part 1 - Elective Units of Study

LAWS5103
Advanced Corporate Law
6    P LAWS5014
N LAWS5145
Semester 1
LAWS5104
Advanced Criminal Law
6    P LAWS5004
N LAWS3404
Semester 1
LAWS5109
Advanced Taxation Law
6    P LAWS5112
N LAWS3013 or LAWS3409
Semester 2
LAWS5111
Anti-Discrimination Law
6    N LAWS3012 or LAWS3411
Semester 2
LAWS5112
Australian Income Tax
6    N LAWS3047 or LAWS3412
Semester 1
LAWS5113
Banking and Financial Instruments
6    P LAWSW5002 and LAWS5015
N LAWS3101 or LAWS3413
Semester 1
LAWS5119
Competition Law
6    N LAWS3419
Semester 1
LAWS5126
Criminology
6    N LAWS3020 or LAWS3426
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS5127
Death and Inheritance Law
6    N LAWS3427
Semester 1
LAWS5128
Media Law: Defamation and Privacy
6    N LAWS3059 or LAWS3428
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS5130
Environmental Law
6    C LAWS5010
N LAWS3024 or LAWS3430
Semester 2
LAWS5131
Law and Social Justice Clinic
6    N LAWS3025 or LAWS3431

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Enrolment in this unit is by special application. Enrolment is restricted to students in their final year of study.
Semester 2
LAWS5132
Family Law
6    N LAWS3026 or LAWS3432
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS5134
International Human Rights Law
6    P LAWS5005
N LAWS3034 or LAWS3434
Semester 2
LAWS5135
Indigenous Peoples and Public Law
6      Semester 2
LAWS5137
International Commercial Arbitration
6    P LAWS5002
N LAWS3092 or LAWS3437
Semester 2
LAWS5141
Introduction to Islamic Law
6      Semester 2
LAWS5143
Interpretation
6    P LAWS5002) and LAWS5007
N LAWS3443
Semester 2
LAWS5144
Japanese Law
6    N LAWS3076 or LAWS3444
Semester 1
LAWS5145
Insolvency Law
6    P LAWS5014
N LAWS3403 or LAWS5103 or LAWS3445
Semester 1
LAWS5146
Labour Law
6    N LAWS3023 or LAWS3446 or LAWS6071
Semester 1
LAWS5151
Media Law: Contempt and Open Justice
6    N LAWS3451
Semester 1
LAWS5152
Medical Law
6    N LAWS3046 or LAWS3452
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS5157
Private International Law B
6    N LAWS3015 or LAWS3457
Semester 2
LAWS5160
Roman Law
6    N LAWS3052 or LAWS3460
Semester 1
LAWS5161
Public Interest Law Clinic
6    N LAWS3112 or LAWS3461

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Enrolment in this unit of study is by special application. Priority will be given to students in their final year of study.
Semester 1
LAWS5163
Sports Law
6    P LAWS5001 and LAWS5002 and LAWS5006


Interest in sport is not essential to doing this subject. The topics are largely universal in application.
Semester 1
LAWS5165
Sydney Law Review
6    N LAWS3057 or LAWS3465

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Enrolment in this unit of study is by Departmental Permission. Applicants must have a minimum WAM of 70 and be in their final year of study.
Semester 2
LAWS5178
Development, Law and Human Rights
6    N LAWS3478 or LAWS6846
Semester 1
LAWS5179
IP: Trade Marks and Patents
6    N LAWS3472 or LAWS3033 or LAWS3479
Semester 2
LAWS5180
IP: Copyright and Designs
6    N LAWS3033 or LAWS3423 or LAWS3480
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS5183
War Law: Use of Force and Humanitarian Law
6    N LAWS3440 or LAWS3086 or LAWS3483 or LAWS6218 or LAWS6062
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS5184
Secured Transactions in Commercial Law
6    P LAWS5008
N LAWS3484
Semester 2
LAWS5189
International Moot
6    P LAWS5005
N LAWS3035 or LAWS3093 or LAWS3489

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Enrolment in this unit of study will be by special application, and will be based on competitve selection in accordance with the rules of the individual competition.
Intensive December
Intensive February
Semester 1
LAWS5199
Migration, Refugees and Forced Migration
6    P LAWS5007 and LAWS5010 and LAWS5011
C LAWS5010 or LAWS5005
N LAWS3045 or LAWS3458 or LAWS5158 or LAWS3453 or LAWS5153 or LAWS3499
Semester 2
LAWS5202
Advanced Trusts
6      Semester 1
LAWS5208
Industry and Community Engagement
6    A Students are expected to have completed all core units with the exception of Private International Law A.
N INDP3000


Enrolment in this unit of study is only available to JD and LLB students in their final two years of study.
Intensive February
Intensive July
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS5211
Indigenous Engagement
6    A Required knowledge will vary by project.
N FASS3500

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS5214
Race and the Law
6    N LAWS3514
Semester 2
LAWS5215
Citizenship and Nationality Law
6    P LAWS5005, LAWS5007
Semester 2
LAWS5219
The Criminal Trial
6    P LAWS1014 and LAWS1016
C LAWS2016
N LAWS3519
Semester 2
LAWS5220
Psychology and Law
6    N LAWS3520
Semester 1
LAWS5221
Law of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment
6    P LAWS5001 and LAWS5002 and LAWS5006 and LAWS5008
C LAWS5015
N LAWS3521
Semester 2
LAWS5344
Law International Exchange Electives
24    N LAWS3044

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Available to outbound exchange students only.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS5360
Independent Research Project
6    N LAWS3031 or LAWS3115 or LAWS3030 or LAWS3260 or LAWS5315 or LAWS5330 or LAWS5331

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Enrolment in this unit of study is by special application and is restricted to students in their final year of study who meet the relevant academic criteria.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS5368
Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems
6    N LAWS3014 or LAWS3068
Semester 1
Semester 2

Part 1 - Master's Level Electives

LAWS6032
Crime Research and Policy
6   

Core unit for MCrim and GradDipCrim students. Elective unit for GradDipCrim students who commenced on or after 1 Jan 2019. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Semester 2
LAWS6047
Law of the Sea
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive May
LAWS6052
Govt Regulation, Health Policy and Ethics
6   

MHL students may select this unit as one of the three core units required in addition to LAWS6252. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive October
LAWS6054
Health Care and Professional Liability
6   

Core unit for GradDipHL students. MHL students may select this unit as one of the three core units required in addition to LAWS6252. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive April
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive April
LAWS6063
World Trade Organization Law I
6    A limited knowledge of law of treaties
N LAWS3439 or LAWS5139

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive September
LAWS6065
Pollution, Corporate Liability and Govern
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-people.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive June
LAWS6066
Discretion in Criminal Justice
6   

Academic Profile https://www.sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-people.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive October
LAWS6091
Chinese International Taxation
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have successfully completed an undergraduate/postgraduate unit of study in tax law.


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive June
LAWS6096
Work Health and Safety: Law and Policy
6    A LAWS6252 or a law degree and LAWS6071 (MLLR students)


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive October
LAWS6128
Comparative International Taxation
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have successfully completed an undergraduate/postgraduate unit of study in tax law.


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive November
LAWS6141
Asia Pacific Environmental Law
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive October
LAWS6165
Biodiversity Law and Heritage Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6177
Tax Treaties
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit. The completion of LAWS6209 Australian International Taxation will provide students; without such knowledge or work experience; with additional knowledge and skills that will assist in successfully completing this unit.


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive May
LAWS6193
Criminal Justice: Prevention and Control
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Session 1 Early Census
LAWS6195
Immigration and Labour Law
6    A LAWS6252 or a law degree and LAWS6071 (MLLR students only)


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive November
LAWS6214
Goods and Services Tax Principles A
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive April
LAWS6222
Corporate Governance
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive September
LAWS6307
Class Action Litigation in Australia
6    N LAWS6230 or LAWS6869


Mr Jason Betts
Semester 2
LAWS6320
Climate Justice and Disaster Law
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive September
LAWS6343
International Law and Technology
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive November
LAWS6344
Work, Care and Gender
6    A LAWS6252 or a law degree


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Session 1 Early Census
LAWS6345
Principles of Financial Regulation
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive April
LAWS6350
Criminal Law: History and Theory
6    A LAWS6034 Gender Violence and the Criminal Law, undergraduate criminal law or permission given by Unit Coordinator


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive May
LAWS6352
Mergers and Acquisitions in Asia
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive May
LAWS6355
Energy and Water Security Law
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive November
LAWS6356
Critical Victimology
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive November
LAWS6357
The Statutory Foundations of Negligence
6    A undergraduate law degree


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive May
LAWS6358
Digital Criminology: Tech and Crime
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive September
LAWS6360
Project Finance Fundamentals
6    A Students who do not hold a law degree must have completed LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System before enrolling in this unit.


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive May
LAWS6361
Advanced Insolvency Law
6    A This unit is available to students who have completed LAWS5014 Corporations Law, LAWS6159 Insolvency Law or equivalent unit.


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Semester 2
LAWS6816
Labour Law in the Global Economy
6    A LAWS6252 or a law degree and LAWS6071


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-visitors.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive September
LAWS6839
Critical Issues in Public Health Law
6   

MHL students may select this unit as one of the three core units required in addition to LAWS6252 or LAWS6881. Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive April
LAWS6862
Hate Crime
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Semester 1a
LAWS6865
International Dispute Resolution
6    N LAWS6202


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive April
LAWS6877
Mental Illness: Law and Policy
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/our-people.html. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive October
LAWS6888
Risk, Fear and Insecurity
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive September
LAWS6889
Death Law
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive June
LAWS6916
International Investment Law
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive May
LAWS6931
Dispute Resolution in Asia
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Session 1 Early Census
LAWS6932
Law and Investment in Asia
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive October
LAWS6933
Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
6   

Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive June
LAWS6997
Cross-Border Deals
6    A Available to law graduates only. Students undertaking this unit must have a good working knowledge of the Australian Corporations Act and the rules and practices applicable to securities offerings and takeovers or the equivalent in their home jurisdiction.


Academic Profile https://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/list.php. The unit is also available on a Continuing Professional Development basis https://sydney.edu.au/law/study-law/continuing-professional-development.html
Intensive April