Master of Laws

Units of study

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

Master of Laws

Students must complete 48 credit points of units.

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
LAWS6947
Advanced Obligations and Remedies
6    A Available to law graduates only


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
LAWS6141
Asia Pacific Environmental Law
6      Intensive August
LAWS6209
Australian International Taxation
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 other foundation units such as LAWS6840 Taxation of Business and Investment Income A and LAWS6841 Taxation of Business and Investment Income B will provide students, without such knowledge or work experience, with additional knowledge and skills that will assists in successfully completing this unit.
Semester 2
LAWS6165
Biodiversity Law
6      Intensive April
LAWS6105
Child Sexual Abuse: Diverse Perspectives
6      Semester 2
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
LAWS6001
Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems
12    A undergraduate law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction or LAWS6252
N LAWS6857 or LAWS3014 or LAWS3068 or LAWS5368


This unit is not available to students who have completed a law degree in the People's Republic of China. Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit conditional on (i) students must write an essay that focuses on a development topic and (ii) that topic being pre-approved by the Unit Coordinator. 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 December
LAWS6320
Climate Justice and Disaster Law
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6320 Climate Disaster Law.
Intensive September
LAWS6824
Commercial Conflict of Laws
6    A undergraduate law degree
N LAWS6884
Intensive October
LAWS6333
Commercial Trusts
6   

Available to students who have previously completed trust law or corporations law as part of an undergraduate law degree.
Intensive October
LAWS6153
Comparative Corporate Taxation
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have successfully completed an undergraduate/postgraduate unit of study in tax law.
Intensive August
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
LAWS6264
Compliance: Financial Services Industry
6      Semester 2
LAWS6328
Contract Management
6    A undergraduate law degree or LAWS6991
Intensive August
LAWS6250
Controlling Liability by Contract
6    A undergraduate law degree
Intensive February
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
LAWS6030
Corporate Taxation
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 other foundation units such as LAWS6840 Taxation of Business and Investment Income A and LAWS6841 Taxation of Business and Investment Income B will provide students, without such knowledge or work experience, with additional knowledge and skills that will assists in successfully completing this unit.
Intensive April
Semester 1a
LAWS6314
Coastal and Marine Law
6      Intensive March
LAWS6032
Crime Research and Policy
6   

Core unit for MCrim and GradDipCrim students and co-requisite for other criminology units.
Semester 1
LAWS6325
Crime, Responsibility and Policy
6      Intensive September
LAWS6193
Criminal Justice: Prevention and Control
6      Intensive May
LAWS6034
Criminal Liability
6   

Core unit for MCrim students. This unit is an introduction to aspects of criminal law for non-lawyers and is therefore not available to students who have completed a law degree or studies in criminal law from a common law jurisdiction.
Semester 2
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
LAWS6974
Development, Law and Human Rights
12   

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 February
LAWS6066
Discretion in Criminal Justice
6      Intensive October
LAWS6039
Discrimination in the Workplace
6   

MLLR students may enrol in this unit before completing LAWS6071 Labour Law, but must have either completed or be concurrently enrolled in LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System.
Intensive August
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
LAWS6937
Employment Law Advocacy
6    A Available to law graduates only. Students who have previously completed LAWS6013 Advanced Employment Law may also enrol with permission of the Program Coordinator.


Students who have previously completed LAWS6013 Advanced Employment Law may also enrol with permission of the Program Coordinator.
Intensive September
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
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
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
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
LAWS6048
Explaining Crime
6   

Core unit for MCrim and GradDipCrim students and co-requisite for other criminology elective units.
Semester 1
LAWS6970
Forensic Psychology
6    N PSYC1001 or PSYC3020
Semester 1
JURS6019
Freedom of Speech
6      Intensive August
LAWS6187
Functional Analysis of Law and Soc Control
6      Intensive March
LAWS6987
Fundamentals of Commercial Law
6    A This unit assumes no previous knowledge and is available to non-lawyers and to lawyers who have not previously studied or practised in the area.
N LAWS3400
Intensive September
LAWS6991
Fundamentals of Contract Law
6    C LAWS6252
N LAWS1002 or LAWS1015 or LAWS2008 or LAWS5002


This unit is only available to non-law graduates who have not undertaken any previous study of contract law. Available to MLLR students who commenced after Jan 2015.
Intensive May
LAWS6810
Fundamentals of Corporate Law
6    N LAWS2014, LAWS5014. Students who have undertaken the equivalent of Corporations Law in Australia within the last 5 years.


Available to MLLR students who commenced after Jan 2015.
Intensive March
LAWS6912
Fundamentals of the Law of Trusts
6    N LAWS2015 or LAWS3474


Students who have previously completed a law degree in a common law jurisdiction are not permitted to enrol in this unit, except with the permission of the Unit Coordinator
Intensive April
LAWS6334
Gender Inequality and Development
6      Intensive August
LAWS6964
Global Energy and Resources Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6920
Global Health Law
6      Intensive July
LAWS6214
Goods and Services Tax Principles A
6      Intensive September
LAWS6052
Govt Regulation, Health Policy and Ethics
6   

MHL students may select this unit as one of the three core units required in addition to LAWS6252.
Intensive October
LAWS6054
Health Care and Professional Liability
6   

Core unit for Core unit for GradDipHL students. MHL students may select this unit as one of the three core units required in addition to LAWS6252.
Intensive May
LAWS6846
Human Rights and the Global Economy
6    N LAWS5178 or LAWS3478


Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit
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
LAWS6058
Information Rights in Health Care
6    N LAWS3452 or LAWS5152


Core unit for GradDipHL students. MHL students may select this unit as one of the three core units required in addition to LAWS6252. Students who have previously completed LAWS5152, LAWS3452 or equivalent Medical Law unit in their undergraduate degree are not permitted to enrol in this unit.
Intensive September
LAWS6159
Insolvency Law
6    A undergraduate law degree with good background in Australian corporate law
N CLAW6006 or LAWS3403 or LAWS3445 or LAWS5103
Intensive July
LAWS6882
Insurance Contract Law
6    A undergraduate law degree or LAWS6991
Intensive September
LAWS6022
International and Comparative Labour Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6059
International Business Law
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.
N LAWS3438, LAWS5138
Intensive September
LAWS6060
International Commercial Arbitration
6   

This is available as one of the core units for GradDipIntBusLaw students
Intensive May
LAWS6061
International Environmental Law
6      Intensive May
LAWS6138
Internatl Fin Transactions: Law and Prac
6      Intensive March
LAWS6161
International Human Rights
6    N GOVT6117


Available to MLLR students who commenced after Jan 2015.
Intensive October
LAWS6218
International Humanitarian Law
6    N LAWS3483 or LAWS5183
Intensive August
LAWS6037
International Import/Export Laws
6      Semester 1
LAWS6916
International Investment Law
6      Intensive March
LAWS6243
International Law I
6    N LAWS1023, LAWS5005


This unit replaced LAWS6243 Public International Law. This unit is compulsory for MIL and GradDipIntLaw students who have not completed any previous study in international law and must be taken during the first semester of candidature. This unit is not available to MLawIntDev students who have been granted a reduced volume of learning. This unit is available as one of the core units for GradDipIntBusLaw students.
Intensive March
Semester 2
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
LAWS6062
International Law-the Use of Armed Force
6    N LAWS3483 or LAWS5183
Intensive August
LAWS6326
Interpretation of Statutes and Other Texts
6      Intensive October
LAWS6903
Interpreting Commercial Contracts
6    A undergraduate law degree


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 September
LAWS6825
Introduction to Australian Business Tax
6      Intensive August
Intensive March
Semester 1a
LAWS6879
Japanese Law
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. Students may also substitute one or two days from Feb 13, 14 in Tokyo.
Intensive February
LAWS6068
Judicial Review-P'ciple, Pol and Procedure
6      Intensive August
LAWS6071
Labour Law
6    A MLLR students must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System (core) as well as this unit before undertaking the labour law elective units
N LAWS5146


The unit is compulsory for students enrolled in the MLLR. However, the requirement to take this unit may be waived upon application to the Program Coordinator if the student can demonstrate proficiency in the unit objectives gained through completing a recent undergraduate law unit in labour law or work experience. Credit will not be granted for WORK6116 Employment and the Law and completion of this unit will not be sufficient to obtain an exemption from this MLLR compulsory unit.
Intensive March
LAWS6848
Law, Business and Healthy Lifestyles
6      Intensive September
LAWS6932
Law and Investment in Asia
6      Intensive May
LAWS6953
Law of Asset Protection
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
LAWS6149
Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia
12   

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
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
LAWS6827
Legal Responsibility and Philosophy of Mind
6      Semester 2
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
LAWS6821
Mediation - Skills and Theory
6    N LAWS6935

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Students enrolling in this unit need to commit themselves to attending all classes. The skills learning takes place in class and skills are built incrementally from the beginning to the end of the unit. Students cannot catch up on elements they have missed by doing reading outside class - they must participate in all scheduled sessions. If students have a problem with attendance, they should postpone enrolling or withdraw well in advance of the first class so their place can be offered to the next student. Please note enrolment priority will be given to MLLR students who are currently enrolled at Sydney Law School.
Intensive April
Intensive December
LAWS6877
Mental Illness: Law and Policy
6      Intensive September
LAWS6956
Personal Property Securities
6      Intensive June
LAWS6308
Philosophy of Law
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
LAWS6197
Policing: Crime, Control and Security
6      Intensive August
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
LAWS6257
Public Policy
6    N LAWS6139 or LAWS6042 or LAWS6113 or LAWS6984


Core unit for MALP students.
Intensive September
LAWS6194
Punishment
6      Intensive April
LAWS6317
Regulation of Corporate Crime
6   

It is recommended that students have some knowledge of corporate law and criminal law and procedure, or have had practical experience in these areas.
Intensive April
LAWS6888
Risk, Fear and Insecurity
6      Intensive May
LAWS6247
Securities and Markets Regulation
6    A Students should hold a law degree with good background in Australian corporate law.
Intensive February
LAWS6957
Shareholders' Remedies
6    A This is a fairly technical unit which focuses on Australian Law, and a good working knowledge of corporate law is assumed.
Intensive January
LAWS6008
Takeovers and Reconstructions
6    A There are no prerequisite enrolment requirements. But students will be required to read and comprehend some technical material, including court judgments, Panel reasons for decisions, regulatory papers and academic literature.
Semester 1
LAWS6965
Tax Avoidance and Anti-Avoidance
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.
Intensive April
LAWS6840
Tax of Business and Investment Income A
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.
Intensive March
Semester 1
Semester 1a
LAWS6841
Tax of Business and Investment Income B
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.
Intensive August
Semester 2
Semester 2a
LAWS6125
Taxation of Corporate Finance
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 and LAWS6030 Corporate Taxation before enrolling in this unit.
Semester 1
LAWS6244
Taxation of Corporate Groups
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.
Intensive August
LAWS6129
Taxation of Offshore Operations
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.
Semester 1
LAWS6118
Taxation of Partnerships and Trusts
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.
Semester 2
LAWS6336
Taxation of Real Property Transactions
6    A Students should have completed LAWS6214 Goods and Services Tax Principles A and at least one unit in Australian income tax (LAWS6825, LAWS6840 or LAWS6841) before enrolling in this unit. Those with a solid working knowledge of both taxes may not need to meet this requirement. If in doubt, please contact the unit coordinator for advice.
Intensive October
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
LAWS6946
Tax Treaties Special Issues
6    P LAWS6177
Intensive October
LAWS6338
The Nature of the Common Law
6      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
LAWS6316
Theories of the Judiciary
6      Intensive June
LAWS6123
Transfer Pricing in International Tax
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 June
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
LAWS6096
Work Health and Safety: Law and Policy
6    A LAWS6252 or a law degree and LAWS6071 (MLLR students)
Intensive May
LAWS6305
Workplace Investigations
6    A LAWS6252 or a law degree and LAWS6071 Labour Law (MLLR students)

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit has a restricted class size. Please note enrolment priority will be given to MLLR students who are currently enrolled at Sydney Law School.
Intensive October
LAWS6063
World Trade Organization Law I
6    A limited knowledge of law of treaties
N LAWS3439 or LAWS5139
Intensive September
LAWS6192
Young People, Crime and the Law
6    N LAWS6069
Intensive October