Juris Doctor

Units of study

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

Faculty of Law Juris Doctor Units of Study

Compulsory Units of Study

Year 1

LAWS5000
Foundations of Law
6    N LAWS1000, LAWS1006
Int March
Semester 1
LAWS5001
Torts
6    P LAWS5000
N LAWS1005, LAWS1010, LAWS1012, LAWS3001
Semester 1
LAWS5002
Contracts
6    P LAWS5000
N LAWS1002, LAWS1015, LAWS2000, LAWS2008
Semester 1
Summer Early
LAWS5003
Civil and Criminal Procedure
6    P LAWS5000 or LAWS1006
N LAWS1001, LAWS1007, LAWS1014, LAWS2006, LAWS3002, LAWS3004
Semester 1
LAWS5004
Criminal Law
6    P LAWS5000 or LAWS1006, LAWS5003 or LAWS1014
N LAWS1003, LAWS1016, LAWS2001, LAWS2009
Semester 2
LAWS5006
Torts and Contracts II
6    P LAWS5000 or LAWS1006, LAWS5001 or LAWS1012, LAWS5002 or LAWS1015
N LAWS1017
Semester 2
Winter Main
LAWS5005
Public International Law
6    N LAWS1023, LAWS1018
Semester 2
Summer Late
LAWS5007
Public Law
6    P LAWS5000 or LAWS1006
N LAWS1004, LAWS1021, LAWS2002, LAWS3003
Semester 2
Summer Main

Year 2

LAWS5010
Administrative Law
6    P LAWS5007 or LAWS1021
N LAWS2002, LAWS2010, LAWS3200
Semester 1
LAWS5011
Federal Constitutional Law
6    P LAWS5007 or LAWS1021
N LAWS1004, LAWS1011, LAWS2011, LAWS3000, LAWS3003
Semester 1
LAWS5008
Intro to Property and Commercial Law
6    P LAWS5000
N LAWS2004, LAWS2007, LAWS2012
Semester 1
Summer Early
LAWS5009
The Legal Profession
6    N LAWS1001, LAWS1020, LAWS2013, LAWS3002, LAWS3004
Semester 1
LAWS5014
Corporations Law
6    N LAWS2003, LAWS2014
Semester 2
Summer Early
Winter Main
LAWS5015
Equity
6    P LAWS5000
N LAWS2004, LAWS2015
Semester 2
Summer Main
Winter Main
LAWS5013
Evidence
6    P LAWS5000 or LAWS1006, LAWS5003 or LAWS1014
N LAWS2006, LAWS2016, LAWS3223
Semester 2
Summer Early
Winter Main
LAWS5012
Real Property
6    P LAWS5008 or LAWS1012
N LAWS2007, LAWS2017
Semester 2
Winter Main

Year 3

LAWS5017
Private International Law A
6    N LAWS1018, LAWS2005, LAWS2018
Semester 1
Semester 2

2014 Juris Doctor Elective Units of Study

Candidates must complete 42 Credit Points of elective units of study.

Part 1- International, Comparative, and Transnational Electives

Candidates must complete a minimum of 6 Credit Points from Part 1 to satisfy the International, Comparative, and Transnational requirement
LAWS5101
Advanced Constitutional Law
6    P LAWS1004 or LAWS3000 or LAWS3003 or (LAWS1021 and LAWS2011) or (LAWS5007 and LAWS5011)
C LAWS2011 or LAWS5011
N LAWS3027, LAWS3401

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
LAWS5108
Advanced Public International Law
6    P LAWS1018 or LAWS1023 or LAWS2005 or LAWS5005
N LAWS3009, LAWS3408
Semester 1
LAWS5368
Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems
6    N LAWS3014, LAWS3068

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Summer L3
Enrolment in the Shanghai Winter School is by seperate application to the Law School.
Semester 2
Summer L3
LAWS5178
Development, Law and Human Rights
6    N LAWS3478
Semester 1
LAWS5137
International Commercial Arbitration
6    P LAWS1015 or LAWS1002 or LAWS2008 or LAWS5002
N LAWS3092, LAWS3437
Semester 2
LAWS5138
International Commercial Transactions
6    P LAWS1015 or LAWS1002 or LAWS2008 or LAWS5002
N LAWS3072, LAWS3438

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
LAWS5139
International Economic Law
6    P LAWS2005 or LAWS1018 or LAWS1023 or LAWS5005
N LAWS3090, LAWS3439
Semester 2
LAWS5134
International Human Rights Law
6    P LAWS2005 or LAWS1018 or LAWS1023 or LAWS5005
N LAWS3034, LAWS3434

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
LAWS5189
International Moot
6    P LAWS1018 or LAWS1023 or LAWS5005. Other pre-requisites may apply to individual moots.
N LAWS3093, LAWS3035, 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.
Int February
Semester 1
LAWS5141
Introduction to Islamic Law
6    N LAWS3441
Semester 1
LAWS5144
Japanese Law
6    N LAWS3076, LAWS3444

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Applications for the offshore intensive unit are by seperate application. For further information see http://sydney.edu.au/law/caplus.
Int February
LAWS5190
Law and Society in Indonesia
6    N LAWS3490
Semester 2
LAWS5194
Legal Systems in South East Asia
6    N LAWS3494, LAWS6149

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Enrolment in the winter school is by application to the Law School.
Int July
LAWS5199
Migration, Refugees and Forced Migration
6    P LAWS2002 or (LAWS2010 and LAWS1021) or (LAWS5007 and LAWS5010), LAWS1004 or LAWS3000 or LAWS3003 or LAWS2011 or LAWS5011
C LAWS2002 or LAWS2010 or LAWS5010, LAWS1018 or LAWS2005 or LAWS1023 or LAWS5005
N LAWS3045, LAWS3458, LAWS5158, LAWS3453, LAWS5153, LAWS3499
Semester 1
LAWS5157
Private International Law B
6    N LAWS3015, LAWS3457

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
LAWS5196
United States Constitutional Law
6    P LAWS5011 or LAWS2011 or LAWS1004 or LAWS3000 or LAWS3003
N LAWS3418, LAWS5118, LAWS3491, LAWS5191, LAWS3496
Semester 2
LAWS5183
War Law: Use of Force & Humanitarian Law
6    N LAWS3440, LAWS3086, LAWS3483, LAWS6218, LAWS6062
Semester 1
Part 1 - Master's Level Electives (International, Comparative, and Transnational)
Candidates may choose no more than 12 Credit Points of master's level units of study. The master's units of study satisfy the International, Comparative, and Transnational requirement.
LAWS6856
Anti-Terrorism Law
6    N CISS6011


This unit replaced LAWS6856 Terrorism & Counterterrorism Policy and Law.
Int August
LAWS6170
Comparative Income Taxation

This unit of study is not available in2014

6      Int August
LAWS6222
Corporate Governance
6      Int July
LAWS6140
Corp Soc Responsibility: Theory/Pol
6      Int August
LAWS6318
Corporate Innovation and Abuse
6      Int June
LAWS6222
Corporate Governance
6      Int July
LAWS6852
Doing Business in China
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction
Int August
LAWS6307
Expert Evidence & Class Action Procedure
6    A Students without a law degree or equivalent may enrol in this unit but should be aware that the unit focuses on legal and evidentiary issues.
N LAWS6230, LAWS6869


This unit replaced LAWS6230 Expert Evidence and LAWS6869 Class Actions and Complex Litigation.
Int May
LAWS6933
Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6933 International Petroleum Transactions. MIL and GradDipIntLaw students may enrol in either LAWS6990 Principles of Oil and Gas Law or LAWS6933 Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues, but not both.
Int May
LAWS6846
Human Rights and the Global Economy
6    N LAWS5134


Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit
Int August
LAWS6896
Internatl & Comparative Criminal Justice
6    N LAWS6269, LAWS6219
Int May
LAWS6022
Internatl & Comparative Labour Law
6      Int August
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6   

Students seeking further study in international environmental law may undertake LAWS6922 Advanced International Environmental Law.
Int May
LAWS6037
International Import/Export Laws
6      Semester 1
LAWS6816
Labour Law in the Global Economy
6    A LAWS6252 or a law degree and, for MLLR students, LAWS6071
Int Sept
LAWS6932
Law and Investment in Asia
6      Int April
LAWS6928
Law, Justice and Development
6    N LAWS3478


This unit is compulsory for MLawIntDev students and replaced LAWS6928 Law & Economic Development.
Int April
LAWS6047
Law of the Sea
6      Int June
LAWS6317
Regulation of Corporate Crime
6    A It is recommended that students have some knowledge of corporate law and criminal law and procedure, or have had practical experience in these areas
Int May
LAWS6177
Tax Treaties
6      Int May
LAWS6976
The Causation Element
6      Int May
LAWS6844
US Corporate Law
6      Int February
LAWS6171
US International Taxation
6      Int May
LAWS6096
Work Safety
6    A LAWS6252 or a law degree (GradDipPubHL and MLLR students) and LAWS6071 (MLLR students)
Int February

Part 2- Elective Units of Study

Candidates may choose a maximum of 30 credit points of units of study from Part 2.
LAWS5104
Advanced Criminal Law
6    P LAWS1016 or LAWS1003 or LAWS2009 or LAWS5004
N LAWS3445, LAWS3404

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1a
LAWS5106
Advanced Evidence
6    P LAWS2006 or LAWS2016 or LAWS5013
N LAWS3406
Semester 1
LAWS5177
Advanced Obligations and Remedies
6    P LAWS1010 or LAWS1012 or LAWS5001, LAWS1002 or (LAWS1015 and LAWS1017) or (LAWS5002 and LAWS5006), LAWS2004 or LAWS2015 or LAWS5015
N LAWS3477

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Winter L1
Enrolment in the Cambridge stream is by application to the Law School.
Semester 2
Winter L1
LAWS5109
Advanced Taxation Law
6    P LAWS3047 or LAWS3412 or LAWS5112
N LAWS3013, LAWS3409
Semester 2
LAWS5111
Anti-Discrimination Law
6    N LAWS3012, LAWS3411
Semester 2
LAWS5112
Australian Income Tax
6    N LAWS3047, LAWS3412
Semester 1
Summer Late
LAWS5113
Banking and Financial Instruments
6    P LAWS1015 or LAWS1002 or LAWS5002, LAWS2004 or LAWS2015 or LAWS5015, LAWS2007 or LAWS2017 or LAWS5012
N LAWS3101, LAWS3413
Semester 1
LAWS5116
Commercial Dispute Resolution
6    N LAWS3006, LAWS3022, LAWS3416

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Enrolment in this unit of study is by special application and priority is given to final year students.
Semester 2
LAWS5117
Commercial Land Law
6    P LAWS2007 or LAWS2017 or LAWS5012
N LAWS3417
Semester 1
LAWS5119
Competition Law
6    N LAWS3016, LAWS3419
Semester 1
LAWS5124
Corporate and Securities Regulation
6    P LAWS2003 or LAWS2014 or LAWS5014
N LAWS3108, LAWS3424

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
LAWS5126
Criminology
6    N LAWS3020, LAWS3426

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 2

Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS5127
Death and Inheritance Law
6    N LAWS3056, LAWS3427
Semester 1
LAWS5130
Environmental Law
6    C LAWS2002 or LAWS2010 or LAWS5010
N LAWS3024, LAWS3430
Semester 1
LAWS5174
Equity and Financial Risk Allocation
6    P LAWS2004 or LAWS2015 or LAWS5015
N LAWS3474

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
LAWS5131
External Placement Program
6    N LAWS3025, 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 1
LAWS5132
Family Law
6    N LAWS3026, LAWS3432

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 2

Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS5135
Indigenous People and Public Law
6    N LAWS6988, LAWS3435, LAWS3005
Semester 2
LAWS5360
Independent Research Project
6    N LAWS3030, LAWS3031, LAWS3115, LAWS3260, LAWS5315, LAWS5330, 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
Summer Early
LAWS5145
Insolvency Law
6    P LAWS2003 or LAWS2014 or LAWS5014
N LAWS3403, LAWS5103, LAWS3445

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
LAWS5143
Interpretation
6    P (LAWS1002 or LAWS2008 or LAWS1015 or LAWS5002) and (LAWS2002 or LAWS1021 or LAWS5007)
N LAWS3443
Semester 2
LAWS5180
IP: Copyright and Designs
6    N LAWS3033, LAWS3423, LAWS3480

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS5179
IP: Trademarks and Patents
6    N LAWS3472, LAWS3033, LAWS3479

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 2

Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS5146
Labour Law
6    N LAWS3023, LAWS3446

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 2
LAWS5151
Media Law: Contempt and Open Justice
6    N LAWS3059, LAWS3451
Semester 1
LAWS5128
Media Law: Defamation and Privacy
6    N LAWS3059, LAWS3428

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 1

Semester 1
Summer Early
Winter Main
LAWS5152
Medical Law
6    N LAWS3046, LAWS3452
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS5155
Policing, Crime and Society
6    N LAWS3048, LAWS3455
Semester 2
LAWS5160
Roman Law
6    N LAWS3052, LAWS3460
Semester 1
LAWS5184
Secured Transactions in Commercial Law
6    P LAWS2012 or LAWS5008
N LAWS3484
Semester 2
LAWS5161
Social Justice Clinical Course
6    N LAWS3112, 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.
Int February
Semester 1
LAWS5165
Sydney Law Review
6    N LAWS3057, LAWS3465

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Enrolment in this unit of study is by special application. For further information, please visit sydney.edu.au/law/slr.
Semester 2
Part 2- Master's Level Electives
Candidates may choose no more than 12 Credit Points of master's level units of study.
LAWS6963
Regulation and Regulators

This unit of study is not available in2014

6   

This unit replaced LAWS6963 Regulation: Theory and Practice.
Int May
LAWS6320
Climate Disaster Law
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Int July
LAWS6314
Coastal and Marine Law
6      Int October
LAWS6839
Critical Issues in Public Health Law
6   

Core unit for GradDipPubHL students. MHL students may select this unit as one of the three core units required in addition to LAWS6252 or LAWS6881.
Int August
LAWS6163
Energy and Climate Law
6    N LAWS6863


The unit replaced LAWS6163 International & Australian Climate Law (formerly Energy Law).
Int October
LAWS6043
Environmental Impact Assessment Law
6      Int May
LAWS6044
Environmental Law and Policy
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common law jurisdiction


Environmental Law students must complete LAWS6252 and this core unit prior to enrolling in other law elective units.
Int August
Int March
LAWS6214
Goods and Services Tax Principles A
6    A basic understanding of taxation law
Semester 1
LAWS6848
Law and Healthy Lifestyles
6   

Core unit for GradDipPubHL students. This unit replaced LAWS6848 New Directions in Public Health Law and Policy and may be substituted for LAWS6839 Critical Issues in Public Health Law as a core unit in the MHL.
Int March
LAWS6313
Law of Not-for-Profits
6      Semester 2
LAWS6864
New Tech, Risk and Environmental Law
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6864 Genetically Modified Organisms & the Environment.
Int Sept
LAWS6191
Water Law and Climate Change
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6191 Water Law
Int November

Part 3- Jurisprudence Units of Study

Candidates must complete a minimum of 6 Credit Points from Part 3 to satisfy the Jurisprudence requirement
LAWS5136
International/Comparative Jurisprudence
6    N JURS3006, LAWS3436

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 1
Satisfies the Jurisprudence requirement of the JD
Semester 1
Summer Late
LAWS5147
Law and Economics
6    N LAWS3036, LAWS3447


This unit satisfies the Jurisprudence requirement of the JD.
Semester 2
LAWS5150
Legal Geographies
6    P LAWS5005, LAWS5011, LAWS5008
N LAWS3450, LAWS3327


This satisfies the Jurisprudence/Part 3 requirement of the JD.
Semester 2
LAWS5154
Philosophy of Law
6    N LAWS3459, LAWS3454

Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Winter L1
This unit satisfies the Jurisprudence requirement of the JD. This unit satisfies the Jurisprudence/Part 2 requirement of the LLB. Enrolment in the Berlin stream is by application to the Law School.
Semester 2
Winter L1
LAWS5157
Private International Law B
6    N LAWS3015, LAWS3457

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
LAWS5162
Sociological Theories of Law
6    N JURS3001, LAWS3462

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Satisfies the Jurisprudence/Part 3 requirement of the JD.
Semester 1
LAWS5195
The Rule of Law and its Value
6    N LAWS3495


This unit satisfied the Jurisprudence requirement of the JD.
Semester 2
LAWS5169
Theories of Law
6    N LAWS3089, LAWS3469


This unit satisfies the Jurisprudence/Part 3 requirement of the JD.
Semester 1
LAWS5168
Theories of Justice
6    N LAWS3077, LAWS3468


This unit satisfies the Juriprudence/Part 3 requirement of the JD.
Semester 2
LAWS5170
Theories of Legal Reasoning
6    N LAWS3083, LAWS3470


This unit satisfies the Jurisprudence/Part 3 requirement of the JD.
Semester 1
LAWS5171
Theories of Conscientious Obedience
6    N LAWS3471


This unit satisfies the Jurisprudence/Part 3 requirement of the JD.
Semester 2
Part 3 - Master's Level Electives (Jurisprudence)
Candidates may choose no more than 12 Credit Points of master's level units of study.
JURS6018
Constitutional Theory
6      Int August
LAWS6187
Functional Analysis of Law & Soc Control
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6187 Aspects of Law and Social Control.
Semester 1
LAWS6836
Precedent, Interpretation & Probability
6    N JURS6028, JURS6029
Semester 2
LAWS6316
Theories of the Judiciary
6      Semester 2

Course rules

 

Juris Doctor


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney Coursework Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended)and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code Course title
JC034 Juris Doctor

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is generally full time. The Faculty of Law will make a limited number of places available to part time candidates.

3 Admission to candidature

Admission to candidature for the Juris Doctor requires a bachelor's degree from any discipline other than Law. Students are assessed on a combination of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents) and completed tertiary study. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

4 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Faculty of Law Juris Doctor Table.
(2)
To qualify for the award of the Juris Doctor a candidate must complete 144 credit points taken from the Faculty of Law Juris Doctor Table, including:
(a)
102 credit points of compulsory units of study; and
(b)
42 credit points of elective units of study comprising:
(i)  a minimum of one unit of study taken from Part 1, and
(ii)  a maximum of four units of study taken from Electives Part 2, and
(iii)  a minimum of one unit of study taken from Part 3.
(3)
Of the elective units of study, a maximum of two advanced learning Master's units may be taken. Enrolment in Master's units will be subject to availability and any unit pre-requisites or assumed knowledge, which may include relevant industry experience or prior specialist study.
(4)
All candidates will be required to complete a capstone experience in their final year which is a unit of study designed to draw together and synthesize prior learning and experience, and form the basis for further intellectual and professional growth. This requirement will be met by completion of a Jurisprudence elective. Other electives taken in final year which may meet this requirement include external placements, mooting activities or research projects.

5 Cross-institutional study

(1)
In addition to the provisions for cross-institutional study described in the resolutions of the Faculty of Law, cross-institutional study is only available under the following terms:
(a)
Candidates are not permitted to undertake any compulsory unit or Part 3 elective (Jurisprudence) on a cross-institutional basis;
(b)
Candidates must have completed a minimum of 96 credit points towards the Juris Doctor before undertaking any cross-institutional study;
(c)
Candidates can receive a maximum of 24 credit point for cross-institutional study;
(d)
Candidates must be in their final year and have satisfied the usual progression rules and maximum enrolment requirements;
(e)
The proposed cross institutional unit must be offered within another Juris Doctor or Master of Laws program. Credit will not be granted towards units undertaken as part of a Bachelor of Laws degree.
(f)
Credit will only be granted for a maximum of two advanced learning Master's units. .
(2)
Cross-institutional study is regarded as another form of credit and will be counted as such when considering eligibility.

6 Suspension, discontinuation and lapse of candidature

(1)
Candidates are entitled to suspend their candidature for two years. Further suspension will only be approved in cases of serious illness or misadventure.
(2)
Candidates will not be permitted to suspend in order to complete another award course unless they can provide evidence that the award course can be completed within two years and they have not previously suspended.

7 Progression rules

Candidates are required to complete the Juris Doctor units of study in the order listed in the Faculty of Law Juris Doctor Table. Candidates must pass all Year One units of study before proceeding to Year Two. Candidates must pass all Year One and Year Two units of study before proceeding to enrol in any elective units of study, except with the permission of the Dean.

8 Credit for previous study

(1)
A candidate may be granted a maximum of 48 credit points towards the requirements of the Juris Doctor. Specific credit will only be granted for equivalent compulsory units of study undertaken as part of a Juris Doctor degree at an approved Australian law school. A maximum of 24 credit points of non-specific credit may be granted for elective units undertaken as part of a Juris Doctor or Masters degree at an approved law school. Of these 24 credit points, a maximum of two advanced learning Masters units can be credited to the Juris Doctor.
(2)
A candidate may be granted credit for law units which have the equivalent face-to-face teaching hours and similar assessment requirements as units offered by the Faculty.
(3)
Candidates who have completed a law degree or equivalent professional legal qualification from a recognised law school outside Australia may be granted up to 42 credit points of non-specific credit, but will be required to complete all compulsory units listed in the Faculty of Law Juris Doctor Table.
(4)
A candidate may not be granted credit for units of study:
(a)
for which the result is Terminating Pass, Conceded Pass or equivalent; or
(b)
which were conducted on a distance or online basis; or
(c)
which have been relied upon to qualify for the award of another degree or qualification, except for units of study which were taken as part of a completed overseas legal qualification .
(d)
which were undertaken as part of Bachelor of Laws degree.