Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System (LAWS6252)


This is a compulsory unit for all postgraduate students who do not hold a law degree or equivalent from a common law jurisdiction entering the: Master of Administrative Law and Policy; Master of Business Law; Master of Environmental Law; Master of Environmental Science and Law; Master of Global Law; Master of Health Law; Master of International Business and Law; Master of Labour Law and Relations; Master of Law and International Development as well as Graduate Diplomas offered in these programs. The unit has been designed to equip students with the necessary legal skills and legal knowledge to competently apply themselves in their chosen area of law. Instruction will cover the legislative process; the judiciary and specialist tribunals; precedent; court hierarchies; legal reasoning; constitutional law; administrative law; contracts; and torts. Some elements of the unit will be tailored in accordance with the requirements of the particular specialist programs.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


S1CIMR (Group A): Mar 6, 7 & 9, 10 (9-5); S1CIAP (Group B): Mar 24, 25 & Apr 7, 8 (9-5); S2CIAU (Group C): Jul 31, Aug 1 & Aug 3, 4 (9-5); S2CISE (Group D): Sep 1, 2 & 15, 16 (9-5)


in-class test (30%) and take-home exam (70%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules



Additional Information

Students are recommended to enrol well in advance of classes in order to complete pre-class readings (normally available to enrolled students 3 weeks prior to the first class). Law graduates from a non-common law jurisdiction are also recommended to complete classes for this unit during the first week of their commencing semester.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.