Environmental Law

Units of study

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

Master of Environmental Law

Exemption from core units of study should not be assumed to be automatic. Formal approval must be obtained from the Sydney Law School prior to enrolment.
Students must complete 48 credit points, comprising:
(i) 12 credit points of core units of study and 36 credit points of elective units of study, for students without a law background; or
(ii) 6 credit points of core units of study and 42 credit points of elective units of study, for students with a law background who have not completed any tertiary study in environmental law; or
(iii) 48 credit points of elective units of study, for students with an environmental law background.

2017 Core Units of Study

Students must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in the core unit(s) of study prior to undertaking the elective units of study
Students without a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must undertake LAWS6252 prior or concurrent to enrolling in other law units.
LAWS6044
Environmental Law and Policy
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common law jurisdiction
N LAWS3430 or LAWS5130


Environmental Law students must complete LAWS6252 and this core unit prior to enrolling in other law elective units.
Intensive August
Intensive March
LAWS6252
Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System
6    N LAWS6881


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.
Intensive April
Intensive August
Intensive March
Intensive September

2017 Elective Units of Study

LAWS6011
Administrative Law
6    A undergraduate law degree or LAWS6252 (core unit for MALP and Environmental Law students)
N LAWS2010, LAWS5010


Core unit for MALP students.
Intensive March
LAWS6165
Biodiversity Law
6      Intensive April
LAWS6320
Climate Disaster Law
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Pre-enrolment registration is required. For further information, please visit Sydney Law School website http://sydney.edu.au/law/
Intensive July
LAWS6130
Dispute Resolution in Australia
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This is not a skills unit and students will not be trained as negotiators or mediators. This unit has a restricted class size.
Intensive August
LAWS6163
Energy and Climate Law
6    N LAWS6863
Intensive September
LAWS6354
Environ Planning and Impact Assessment Law
6    A students who do not hold an undergraduate law degree must have completed LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System before enrolling in this unit and LAWS6044 Environmental Law and Policy (MEL only)
N LAWS6043, LAWS6045, LAWS3430, LAWS5130
Intensive September
LAWS6964
Global Energy and Resources Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6147
Independent Research Project
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Closing date 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2)
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6182
Independent Research Project A
6    C LAWS6183

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Closing date 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2). Students must complete both LAWS6182 and LAWS6183 within one or two semesters.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6183
Independent Research Project B
6    C LAWS6182

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Closing date 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2). Students must complete both LAWS6182 and LAWS6183 within one or two semesters.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6865
International Dispute Resolution
6    N LAWS6202
Intensive August
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6   

Students seeking further study in international environmental law may undertake LAWS6922 Advanced International Environmental Law.
Intensive May
LAWS6343
International Law and Technology
6      Intensive August
LAWS6167
International Law II
6    A LAWS6243


Compulsory core unit for MIL and GradDipIntLaw students. This unit replaced LAWS6167 International Law and Australian Institutions.
Intensive May
Semester 2
LAWS6068
Judicial Review-P'ciple, Pol and Procedure
6      Intensive July
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
LAWS6990
Principles of Oil and Gas Law
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
MIL and GradDipIL students may enrol in either LAWS6990 Principles of Oil and Gas Law or LAWS6933 Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues, but not both. Pre-enrolment registration is required. For further information, please visit Sydney Law School website http://sydney.edu.au/law/
Intensive July
LAWS6257
Public Policy
6    N LAWS6139 or LAWS6042 or LAWS6113 or LAWS6984


Core unit for MALP students.
Intensive September
LAWS6191
Water Law and Climate Change
6      Intensive October