University of Sydney Law School Undergraduate Table

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

Part 1 - Elective Units of Study

Students must successfully complete 42 credit points from the elective units of study including:
(a) a maximum of 36 credit points from Part 1 - Elective Units of Study
(b) a minimum of 6 credit points from Part 2 - Jurisprudence Units of Study
(c) no more than 24 credit points of Master's level elective units of study.

Part 1 - Elective Units of Study

LAWS3044
Law International Exchange Electives
24   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Available to outbound exchange students only.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS3068
Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems
6    N LAWS5368
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS3403
Advanced Corporate Law
6    P LAWS2014
N LAWS3445 and LAWS5103
Semester 1
LAWS3404
Advanced Criminal Law
6    P LAWS1016
N LAWS5104
Semester 1
LAWS3409
Advanced Taxation Law
6    P LAWS3412
N LAWS5109
Semester 2
LAWS3411
Anti-Discrimination Law
6    N LAWS5111
Semester 2
LAWS3412
Australian Income Tax
6    N LAWS5112
Semester 1
LAWS3413
Banking and Financial Instruments
6    P LAWS1015 and LAWS2015
N LAWS5113
Semester 1
LAWS3419
Competition Law
6    N LAWS5119
Semester 1
LAWS3426
Criminology
6    N LAWS5126
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS3427
Death and Inheritance Law
6    N LAWS5127
Semester 1
LAWS3428
Media Law: Defamation and Privacy
6    N LAWS5128
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS3430
Environmental Law
6    C LAWS2010
N LAWS5130
Semester 2
LAWS3431
Law and Social Justice Clinic
6    N LAWS5131

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
LAWS3432
Family Law
6    N LAWS5132
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS3434
International Human Rights Law
6    P LAWS1018 or LAWS1023
N LAWS5134
Semester 2
LAWS3435
Indigenous Peoples and Public Law
6      Semester 2
LAWS3437
International Commercial Arbitration
6    P LAWS1015
N LAWS5137
Semester 2
LAWS3441
Introduction to Islamic Law
6      Semester 2
LAWS3443
Interpretation
6    P LAWS1015 and LAWS1021
N LAWS5143
Semester 2
LAWS3444
Japanese Law
6    N LAWS5144
Semester 1
LAWS3445
Insolvency Law
6    P LAWS2014
N LAWS3403 or LAWS5145 or LAWS5103
Semester 1
LAWS3446
Labour Law
6    N LAWS5146
Semester 1
LAWS3451
Media Law: Contempt and Open Justice
6    N LAWS5151
Semester 1
LAWS3452
Medical Law
6    N LAWS5152
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS3457
Private International Law B
6    N LAWS5157
Semester 2
LAWS3460
Roman Law
6    N LAWS5160
Semester 1
LAWS3461
Public Interest Law Clinic
6    N LAWS5161

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
LAWS3463
Sports Law
6    P LAWS1012 and LAWS1015 and LAWS1017


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

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
LAWS3478
Development, Law and Human Rights
6    N LAWS5178
Semester 1
LAWS3479
IP: Trade Marks and Patents
6    N LAWS3472 or LAWS3423 or LAWS5179
Semester 2
LAWS3480
IP: Copyright and Designs
6    N LAWS3423 or LAWS5180
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS3483
War Law: Use of Force and Humanitarian Law
6    N LAWS3440 or LAWS5183 or LAWS6218
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS3484
Secured Transactions in Commercial Law
6    P LAWS2012
N LAWS5184
Semester 2
LAWS3489
International Moot
6    P LAWS1018 or LAWS1023
N LAWS5189

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Enrolment in this unit of study will be by special application, and will be based on competitive selection in accordance with the rules of the individual competition.
Intensive December
Intensive February
Semester 1
LAWS3499
Migration, Refugees and Forced Migration
6    P LAWS2010 and LAWS1021 and LAWS2011
C (LAWS2002 or LAWS2010 or LAWS5010) and (LAWS1018 or LAWS2005 or LAWS1023 or LAWS5005)
N LAWS3458 or LAWS5158 or LAWS3453 or LAWS5153 or LAWS5199
Semester 2
LAWS3502
Advanced Trusts
6      Semester 1
LAWS3508
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
LAWS3511
Indigenous Engagement
6    A Required knowledge will vary by project.
N FASS3500

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS3514
Race and the Law
6    N LAWS5214
Semester 2
LAWS3515
Citizenship and Nationality Law
6    P LAWS1021, LAWS1023
Semester 2
LAWS3519
The Criminal Trial
6    P LAWS1014 and LAWS1016
C LAWS2016
N LAWS5219
Semester 2
LAWS3520
Psychology and Law
6    N LAWS5220
Semester 1
LAWS3521
Law of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment
6    P LAWS1012 and LAWS1015 and LAWS1017 and LAWS2012
C LAWS2015
N LAWS5221
Semester 2
LAWS3900
Law Honours
12   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Further information regarding the honours program, including eligibility requirements, workload, supervision and award, can be found at https://sydney.edu.au/students/honours/law.html.
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
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
LAWS6342
Environmental Markets

This unit of study is not available in 2021

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/cpd/
Intensive April
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
LAWS6852
Doing Business in China

This unit of study is not available in 2021

6    A Students who do not hold a law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System 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 September
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