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PASS in Law


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Group of studentsLaw is an ideal discipline in which to offer a strongly student-driven support program. Law addresses dense and complicated material and requires extensive and careful reading. A free, peer facilitated learning program offers a great opportunity for students in their first, second and third years of law to focus on the areas with which they are most concerned. The heavy focus on problem questions and appreciating the merits of different approaches are good examples of where PASS can add value. PASS in Law employs the strongly collaborative focus of the PASS program approach to encourage greater student engagement in practising problem questions and mastering the challenging study of law in the early years of the degree.



Information collected for PASS is kept strictly confidential and is not shared with anyone outside of PASS management. It is used for the purposes of registration as well as for statistical analysis at the end of the semester, in which all participants are kept anonymous. This analysis is important in order to assess the program's effectiveness and to ensure its viability for years to come. If you are uncomfortable with the use of your information for any of the purposes stated, please email Jessica Morr and your information will not be included.

What is PASS?

  • PASS stands for Peer Assisted Study Sessions. It is a free, peer facilitated learning program which is run in units for students in their first, second and third years of law.
  • PASS involves weekly, hour-long sessions in which students work in groups to answer specially prepared activities and problem questions. It is aimed at students who wish to maximise their academic potential.
  • PASS does not deliver new content, and is a complement to, rather than a substitute for, lectures and tutorials. It is an opportunity for students to reinforce key points from lecture and tutorial materials, while applying their skills in solving problem questions.
  • The agenda of a PASS session is strongly student-driven. This gives students the opportunity to focus on the areas with which they are most concerned.
  • PASS sessions are run by experienced facilitators, each of whom have worked in the PASS model for over a year. These facilitators are high-achieving law students who have achieved success in the units in previous semesters, and give students the opportunity to benefit from the facilitators' hindsight and advice gained from their own experiences and their empathy with the student experience.
  • The atmosphere of PASS sessions is relaxed, friendly and low-pressured in which students are encouraged to ask questions and raise concerns with content.
  • PASS is fun! It's a great way to meet new people and make friends.

Here's what students liked best about PASS in 2016:

  • PASS was a great experience that encouraged me to learn and keep up to date with the material content for the course. I most liked the way we applied our knowledge to problem questions.
  • A great way to review understanding of legal concepts and cases in a supportive class environment. The facilitator was excellent at helping us students engage with one another and I found that helpful.
  • Being able to revise content and have foundations established in order to do higher end questions. Also having aspects that were confusing clarified and meeting people from other lecture streams, pooling knowledge to get a more uniform learning experience.
  • My facilitator and engaging with other students. I also liked how PASS facilitated one's own learning process rather than just spoon-feeding information.

PASS in Law Units

PASS is run in the following units:

  • LAWS1015 - Contracts (Semester 1)
  • LAWS1023 - Public International Law (Semester 1)
  • LAWS1012 - Torts (Semester 2)
  • LAWS1016 - Criminal Law (Semester 2)
  • LAWS1017 – Torts and Contracts II (Semester 2)
  • LAWS5001 - Torts (semester 1)
  • LAWS5002 - Contracts (Semester 1)
  • LAWS5004 - Criminal Law (Semester 2)
  • LAWS5005 – Public International Law (Semester 2)
  • LAWS5006 – Torts and Contracts II (Semester 2)

PASS in Law FAQs

What does it mean for me to have a 'waiting list' position?

Students who attempt to register for a PASS in Law session that is already full will be placed on a waiting list for that session. Your waiting list number (that you received via email) tells you how far away you are from getting a confirmed position in the program. If you are close to the front of the waiting list (e.g. between 1 and 10), you have a good chance of gaining a place in the program in the near future.

The waiting lists are revised regularly as students change sessions and/ or do not attend their designated sessions. Those that miss 2 consecutive sessions will be deregistered and an invitation to those on the waiting list will be extended.

If you on the waiting list, the PASS Coordinator may also email you directly to offer you a new session before it is offered to all students.

Why have I been 'deregistered' from my session?

If you are a registered participant and have missed 2 consecutive sessions, you will receive an email stating that you have been deregistered. The next person on the waiting list will then receive an invitation to take your place in this session.

Unlike Business School PASS sessions where a student has to miss 3 consecutive sessions to be deregistered, Law students will not be able to miss more than 2 sessions in a row. PASS in Law sessions are high in demand and have very long waiting lists. The aim is to have as many students as possible participate in the PASS in Law program.

How do I access materials on e-learning?

PASS materials will be uploaded weekly onto the PASS eCommunity accessible via LMS. For instructions on how to access and self- enrol into the PASS eCommunity, please go to PASS Blackboard.

Can I just 'show up' at any session?

We would prefer that you formally register to attend PASS so we can keep accurate records of attendance in the program.

If however if you miss your regular session, you can attend another session that week as a guest and sign into that new session as a 'guest' on the attendance sheet.

Nevertheless, if the class is at capacity (i.e. 25 students) you will be asked to leave and join another session at another time.

We will be regularly building upon this FAQs page. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact the PASS office at business.pass@sydney.edu.au or 9114 0541.

Can part time students attend JD PASS sessions?

PASS is not currently run specifically for part time JD students. However, part time students are welcome to attend PASS sessions in the units in which they are enrolled. Although there may be some mismatch between the delivery of content due to the different pace and schedule of each stream, there will be an overlap with the key concepts studied in the JD. Part time JD students may find sessions useful to consolidate central concepts and problem solving skills.