Master of Environmental Law (MEL) & Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law (GradDipEnvLaw)

The Environmental Law program is open to lawyers and those with degrees in other disciplines. It provides candidates with opportunities to meet and learn from others involved in environment-related disciplines. The program is characterised by a wide range of options and flexible learning arrangements, such as intensive units taught over a period of four to five days and the opportunity to take units from other related disciplines. It has expanded to meet the needs of both Australian environmental specialists and those from other countries. International and comparative environmental law units are offered with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

Applications are still open. However, some units may have restricted class size and compulsory units may run early in the semester. It is strongly recommended that applicants submit their application on time to avoid disappointment. Please contact the Postgraduate Team for further details.

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Master of Environmental Law (MEL)

Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law (GradDipEnvLaw)

Program Co-ordinator

Professor Rosemary Lyster

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Admission requirements

Applicants are required to hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent tertiary qualification at a sufficient level. The degree need not be in law.

Program structure

The Master of Environmental Law (MEL) requires the completion of 48 credit points, equivalent to eights units of study. The Graduate Diploma requires 24 credit points for completion, equivalent to four units of study. Most of the units on offer carry a value of six credit points each.

Attendance Pattern

Each unit of study entails 26 contact hours. Units are offered on a semester length basis or intensive basis. Semester length units are taught once a week over 13 weeks on either a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening between 6pm and 8pm. Intensive units of study condense the 26 hours over a period of four to five days. The units are then taught between 9am and 5pm over a block period. For example, an intensive unit may be taught two consecutive days one week and then two consecutive days in a fortnight's time. All classes are held in the Law School or another Sydney CBD location.

Duration

COURSE ATTENDANCE CREDIT POINTS (CP) PER SEMESTER MAXIMUM
(from first enrolment)
Master's Coursework FULL-TIME 18-24 CP 6 YEARS*
PART-TIME max 12 CP 6 YEARS*
Graduate diploma FULL-TIME 18-24 CP 3 YEARS*
PART-TIME max 12 CP 3 YEARS*
*Periods of suspension, exclusion or lapsed candidature will be added to the maximum completion times except that no completion time will exceed 10 years from first enrolment. Credit will not be granted for previous studies older than 10 years at the time of first enrolment. If a student is admitted with credit, the Faculty will determine a reduced time limit for completion of the award course.

Units of study

Please note: some units of study may have pre-requisite requirements or prohibition guidelines and may not be available to those without a law degree. Please check with the Sydney Law School directly if in doubt.

Compulsory Units of Study (2014)

Candidates must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in the compulsory unit(s) of study prior to undertaking the elective units of study
Environmental Law and Policy
Legal Reasoning and The Common Law System*
*Candidates without a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must undertake this unit prior to enrolling in other law units.
Elective Units of Study (2014)
Administrative Law
Biodiversity Law
Carbon Trading, Derivatives and Taxation
Climate Disaster Law
Coastal and Marine Law
Dispute Resolution in Australia
Energy and Climate Law
Environmental Impact Assessment Law
Environmental Planning Law
Independent Research Project
International Dispute Resolution
International Environmental Law
International Law II
Judicial Review - Principles, Policy and Procedure
Law of the Sea
Law, Justice and Development
New Technologies, Risk and Environmental Law
Public Policy
Water Law and Climate Change

Staff

For further information on individual staff, their research interests and publications, please refer to the Our People section of the website.