Juris Doctor

Units of study

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

Juris Doctor Elective Units of Study

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

Part 1- International, Comparative, and Transnational Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 6 Credit Points from Part 1 to satisfy the International, Comparative, and Transnational requirement
LAWS5108
Advanced Public International Law
6    P LAWS1018 or LAWS1023 or LAWS2005 or LAWS5005
N LAWS3009 or LAWS3408
Semester 1
LAWS5368
Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems
6    N LAWS3014 or LAWS3068


Enrolment in the Shanghai Winter School is by separate application to the Law School.
Intensive December
LAWS5178
Development, Law and Human Rights
6    N LAWS3478 or LAWS6846


Enrolment in the Himalyan Field School is by separate application to the Law School.
Intensive February
LAWS5207
Energy Law: Renewables and Emerging Tech
6    P LAWS5002
Semester 1a
LAWS5137
International Commercial Arbitration
6    P LAWS1015 or LAWS1002 or LAWS2008 or LAWS5002
N LAWS3092 or LAWS3437
Semester 2
LAWS5138
International Commercial Transactions
6    P LAWS1015 or LAWS1002 or LAWS2008 or LAWS5002
N LAWS3072 or LAWS3438
Semester 2
LAWS5134
International Human Rights Law
6    P LAWS2005 or LAWS1018 or LAWS1023 or LAWS5005
N LAWS3034 or LAWS3434
Semester 2
LAWS5189
International Moot
6    P LAWS1018 or LAWS1023 or 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
LAWS5141
Introduction to Islamic Law
6      Semester 1
LAWS5144
Japanese Law
6    N LAWS3076 or LAWS3444


Applications for the offshore intensive unit are by separate application to Sydney Law School.
Intensive February
LAWS5194
Legal Systems in South East Asia
6    N LAWS3494 or LAWS6149


Enrolment in the winter school is by application to the Law School.
Intensive July
LAWS5199
Migration, Refugees and Forced Migration
6    P (LAWS2002 or (LAWS2010 and LAWS1021) or (LAWS5007 and LAWS5010)) and (LAWS1004 or LAWS3000 or LAWS3003 or LAWS2011 or LAWS5011)
C (LAWS2002 or LAWS2010 or LAWS5010) and (LAWS1018 or LAWS2005 or LAWS1023 or LAWS5005)
N LAWS3045 or LAWS3458 or LAWS5158 or LAWS3453 or LAWS5153 or LAWS3499
Semester 1
LAWS5157
Private International Law B
6    N LAWS3015 or LAWS3457
Semester 2
LAWS5183
War Law: Use of Force and Humanitarian Law
6    N LAWS3440 or LAWS3086 or LAWS3483 or LAWS6218 or LAWS6062
Semester 2

Part 1 - Master's Level Electives (International, Comparative, and Transnational)

Students may choose no more than 24 Credit Points of master's level units of study in the Juris Doctor.
LAWS6141
Asia Pacific Environmental Law
6      Intensive August
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.
Intensive May
LAWS6320
Climate Justice and Disaster Law
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6320 Climate Disaster Law.
Intensive September
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.
Intensive March
LAWS6222
Corporate Governance
6      Intensive March
LAWS6318
Corporate Innovation and Regulation
6      Intensive December
LAWS6140
Corp Soc Responsibility: Theory/Pol
6   

Available to MLLR students who commenced after Jan 2015.
Intensive July
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.
Intensive October
LAWS6889
Death Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6852
Doing Business in China
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.
Intensive May
LAWS6355
Energy and Water Security Law
6   

Students who have previously completed both LAWS6191 Water Law and Climate Change and LAWS6163 Energy and Climate Law are not permitted to enrol in this unit.
Intensive October
LAWS6307
Expert Evidence and Class Action Procedure
6    N LAWS6230 or LAWS6869


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. This unit replaced LAWS6230 Expert Evidence and LAWS6869 Class Actions and Complex Litigation.
Semester 1
LAWS6334
Gender Inequality and Development
6      Intensive August
LAWS6964
Global Energy and Resources Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6920
Global Health Law
6      Intensive July
LAWS6022
International and Comparative Labour Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6037
International Import/Export Laws
6      Semester 1
LAWS6932
Law and Investment in Asia
6      Intensive May
LAWS6047
Law of the Sea
6      Intensive October
LAWS6928
Law, Justice and Development
6    N LAWS3478, LAWS5178


This unit is compulsory for MLawIntDev students.
Intensive April
LAWS6944
Market Manipulation and Insider Trading
6      Intensive November
LAWS6341
Media Law: Comparative Perspectives
6   

Students cannot enrol directly into this unit in Sydney Student. Enrolment instructions will be provided upon successful pre-enrolment registration. For further information, please visit http://sydney.edu.au/law/offshore/index.shtml.
Intensive July
LAWS6065
Pollution, Corporate Liability and Govern
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6065 Pollution and Contaminated Land.
Intensive May
LAWS6345
Principles of Financial Regulation
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 assists in successfully completing this unit.
Intensive May
LAWS6119
The State and Global Governance
6   

Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit.
Intensive May
LAWS6109
UK International Taxation
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have successfully completed an undergraduate/postgraduate unit of study in tax law.
Intensive September
LAWS6844
US Corporate Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6171
US International Taxation
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have successfully completed an undergraduate/postgraduate unit of study in tax law.
Intensive May
LAWS6063
World Trade Organization Law I
6    A limited knowledge of law of treaties
N LAWS3439 or LAWS5139
Intensive September