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.

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


Students who do not hold a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System before undertaking the environmental law units.
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

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. Students who do not hold a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System before undertaking other law units.
Intensive April
LAWS6141
Asia Pacific Environmental Law
6      Intensive August
LAWS6165
Biodiversity Law
6      Intensive April
LAWS6320
Climate Justice and Disaster Law
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6320 Climate Disaster Law.
Intensive September
LAWS6314
Coastal and Marine Law
6      Intensive March
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
LAWS6041
Environmental Litigation
6      Intensive August
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 October
LAWS6964
Global Energy and Resources Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6147
Independent Research Project
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Applications close on 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2). Students whose application is pending on the outcome of their previous semester's results should not apply until after the official results release date. If you have any concerns, please contact Sydney Law School E: law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6182
Independent Research Project A
6    C LAWS6183

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Applications close on 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2). Students whose application is pending on the outcome of their previous semester's results should not apply until after the official results release date. Students must complete both LAWS6182 and LAWS6183 within one or two semesters. If you have any concerns, please contact Sydney Law School E: law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6183
Independent Research Project B
6    C LAWS6182

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Applications close on 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2). Students whose application is pending on the outcome of their previous semester's results should not apply until after the official results release date. Students must complete both LAWS6182 and LAWS6183 within one or over two semesters. If you have any concerns, please contact Sydney Law School E: law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6068
Judicial Review-P'ciple, Pol and Procedure
6      Intensive August
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
LAWS6065
Pollution, Corporate Liability and Govern
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6065 Pollution and Contaminated Land.
Intensive May
LAWS6257
Public Policy
6    N LAWS6139 or LAWS6042 or LAWS6113 or LAWS6984


Core unit for MALP students.
Intensive September