Application for Honours

Honours Information Session

Date: Thursday 19 October 2017
Time: 1pm-2pm
Venue: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 373, Carslaw Building


Registration is not required for this session.

Application Information

Eligibility for 2018 Honours

In order to be eligible to undertake Honours in either Semester 1 or 2 2018, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 16 compulsory law units of study (including LAWS1006 Foundations of Law, LAWS1013 Legal Research I and LAWS1019 Legal Research II) by the application closing date. If you have received credit for law studies undertaken at another institution, you should include the units undertaken at the other institution in this total. If you have less than 16 units of study, you will be eligible to apply for the 2019 Honours program, although you may be restricted in the semester in which you enrol.
  2. Satisfied requirements of your first degree by the application closing date.
  3. Meet the 2018 Honours WAM cut-off of 75.0*
    The WAM is calculated by adding the results from every compulsory law unit completed at Sydney Law School by the end of Semester 2 2017 and dividing this by the total number of these units. LAWS1006 Foundations of Law and elective units are not included in this calculation. You must calculate your own WAM – this will not be provided to you.
  4. Submission of a research proposal (2018 Honours Application Form) that has been signed by you AND your prospective supervisor.


* Students who fall marginally short of the entry WAM (ie, those with a WAM of 74+) may apply for special entry on the basis that they can demonstrate aptitude for extended research. A strong record of achievement in academic essay writing or other evidence of high level research and writing skills is required. If you are a student with a WAM between 74 and 74.9 and you wish to apply for Honours, please attach a statement to your application which outlines your capacity for high level research and writing. This statement should not exceed 300 words. Entry is at the discretion of the Dean.

Thesis Proposal

You are required to prepare a thesis proposal as part of the application process, including a statement on the methodology to be used, as well as a preliminary literature review.

You are also required to organise thesis supervision as part of the application process. You must consult the list of available supervisors and note their areas of interest (please refer to 2018 Honours Supervisor List). You will need to first develop a suitable topic and then contact an academic staff member for supervision. Please be aware that supervisory capacity is limited. It is therefore in your best interests to prepare the proposal and contact prospective supervisors well in advance of the application due date.

Further Enquiries

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