Combined Law - The Sydney LLB - The Sydney Advantage

Hanna Makragelidis, Commerce/Law

“Each day at the Sydney Law School presents an array of new challenges, exciting opportunities and memorable experiences that enable me to enjoy university life whilst acquiring valuable skills necessary for a legal career. Moreover, engaging with exceptional academic staff and debating legal opinions with a diverse cohort motivates me to achieve my full potential. Indeed, Commerce/Law at Sydney University is an incredibly rewarding and satisfying degree.”

Hanna Makragelidis, Commerce/Law

Sydney Law School is Australia's First. Since its inception, it has been at the forefront of developments associated with both the teaching and research of law. Its strong sense of history is rivalled only by its commitment to innovation. Its undergraduate program is one of the most reputable in Australia as well as holding a strong standing overseas.

The Sydney LLB...

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the University of Sydney is a degree which is recognised for the purposes of satisfying the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in New South Wales*. Like most Law schools, Sydney requires students to undertake another degree in conjunction with its LLB. Prospective students can therefore enter the Sydney LLB through a variety of methods that include:

  • Entry via combined law direct
  • Entry via combined law transfer
  • Entry via special admission

Entry via any of these avenues results in a place in the Sydney LLB. The content and employment prospects upon graduation are identical.

This website intends to answer any questions prospective students may have about the Sydney LLB. It aims to clarify the admissions process and communicate the exclusive features and benefits of the Sydney LLB. Overall, it explains why Sydney Law School is Australia's First.

The Sydney LLB is characterised by the following features:

*Additional requirements must be met before a Law graduate can practice as a lawyer in NSW

State-Of-The-Art Facilities

As a student at Sydney Law School, you will attend classes at one of Australia's finest tertiary environments. Situated on the University's main campus in Camperdown, approximately 10 to 15 minutes from the Sydney Central Business District (CBD), the Law School Building is a flagship premises for legal tertiary education. It provides prestigious and well-equipped accommodation as befits one of Australia’s leading law schools and offers the highest quality teaching and learning and research facilities for students and staff.

The building consists of seven levels and accommodates the academic and administrative staff, together with a range of research centres and institutes. It incorporates collaborative spaces, meeting and conference rooms. There are a total of 23 teaching spaces within the building ranging from 300 and 100 seat lecture theatres, through to 60, 56, and 24 seat seminar facilities to suit a wide range of teaching requirements. It also accommodates a Moot Court facility, the Law Library and a spacious Forecourt.

Exchange Opportunities

he Sydney Law School offers you an extensive range of student exchange programs with universities throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. It provides you with an exciting and challenging way of broadening your academic horizons and enriching your experience in different environments and cultures. You can complete a semester of study overseas and receive credit for this study towards your Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree.

The Law School can send you on a faculty-specific exchange, university-wide exchange or study abroad program. It is a rewarding opportunity that will add an international dimension to your law degree; challenge you academically; facilitate your development of new skills; and enhance your personal growth and self-confidence.

When you’re on exchange, you are a enrolled full-time student at the University of Sydney and pay all relevant fees (compulsory subscriptions, commonwealth supported contributions or tuition fees). You may be required to pay some minor administrative charges or health insurance, however you are not required to pay any other fees to the host institution.

You can choose from two different types of exchange programs - University-wide and Faculty-specific exchange programs. Faculty-specific exchange programs are available to you as a student of a particular faculty: in this case the Sydney Law School. You can undertake one of the Law School’s exclusive exchange agreements with Law Schools in Europe, North America and Asia. University-wide exchange programs offer an additional range of Law Schools to study with and the program is administered by the University’s International Office.

Faculty-Specific Exchange Partner Universities

  • Belgium Katholieke University, Leuven
  • Canada Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
  • Canada University of Victoria, British Columbia
  • Denmark University of Copenhagen
  • Germany Humboldt University, Berlin
  • Germany Bucerius Law School, Hamburg
  • Ireland trinity college, Dublin
  • Japan Kobe University
  • Netherlands Radboud University, Nijmegen
  • Netherlands Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
  • Netherlands Utrecht University
  • Singapore National University of Singapore
  • UK Queen's University, Belfast
  • UK University of Nottingham
  • USA Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • USA University of Texas, Austin
  • USA New York University
  • USA Cardozo Law School, Yeshiva University, New York
  • USA Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  • USA University of Virginia, Charlottesville

University-Wide Exchange Partner Universities

  • Canada University of British Columbia
  • Canada University of Ottawa
  • Canada University of Toronto
  • Denmark University of Aarhus
  • Finland University of Helsinki
  • Germany University of Cologne
  • Israel Tel Aviv University
  • Korea Seoul National University
  • Korea Yonsei University
  • New Zealand University of Auckland
  • Norway University of Bergen
  • Norway University of Oslo
  • Sweden Lund University
  • Sweden Uppsala University
  • Netherlands Leiden University
  • Netherlands University of Groningen
  • UK University of Glasgow
  • UK University of Leeds
  • UK University of Manchester
  • UK University of Stirling

Pathways to Oxford and Cambridge

The Sydney Law School has entered into a pathways agreement with the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge and the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford.

In relation to the agreement with Cambridge, it will allow high achieving Sydney students to be offered early admission into the Master of Laws or the Masters degree in Corporate Law at Cambridge. Instead of completing the final semester of law at Sydney students will commence either the LLM or the MCL. At the successful completion students will be awarded the Sydney LLB. The time to complete the program will be three and half years instead of the normal four years.

In relation to the agreement with Oxford, it will allow high achieving students to be offered early admission into the Bachelor of Civil Law or the Master’s in Law and Finance. Instead of completing the final semester of law at Sydney you will commence either the BCL or the MLF. At the successful completion you will be awarded the Sydney LLB

Careers & Employment Services

As a Sydney LLB student, you will be able to access the careers and employment services offered by the Sydney Law School and the University of Sydney. There are now more employment and career opportunities for you as a law student and law graduates than ever before. You may secure a summer clerkship at a prominent Sydney law firm; you may decide to wait and apply for a graduate position, within private legal practice or another legal field; you may succeed in receiving an overseas clerkship in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong or the United States; you may choose to pursue a career in a field where law graduates are increasingly in demand such as management consultancy or investment banking or you may decide to return to University and pursue an LLM by Coursework or a PhD and even consider a career in academia. As a Sydney LLB student, you will be able to make an informed choice on your future career path during your studies.

Employment Online
Sydney Law School runs a dedicated careers and employment portal through its website. You can access it directly and download information in relation to:

  • Part-time employment opportunities
  • Full-time employment opportunities
  • Casual employment opportunities
  • Internships
  • Industry Scholarships
  • Judicial Associateships
  • Work Experience
  • On-site presentations by employers, including law firms, government departments and private industry

Summer Clerkship Scheme & Graduate Employment Program
The Summer Clerkship Scheme and Graduate Employment Program is the largest paid internship and employment initiative for law students in Australia. It involves law schools from New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. If you apply for the Summer Clerkship Scheme, you will be competing for a paid internship at one of 30 organisations, including private legal practice firms, Federal and State government departments. The Graduate Employment Program gives you another option to apply for a graduate position in your final year.

University of Sydney Careers Centre
The University of Sydney Careers Centre assists helps you to build employability skills, plan careers and look for work. It offers workshops and support in writing resumes, interview and job search skills, plus a range of services to help employers connect with you, including careers fairs, information sessions and job advertisements.

Double Degrees with an Edge

If you choose one of our Combined Law degrees, you will also acquire a degree from one of our reputable partner faculties. The University of Sydney's Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Business, and Engineering faculties are among Australia's finest with reputations the world over. Each offers students in-depth and innovative coverage of its respective disciplines.

Strong Level of Student Involvement

The Sydney University Law Society (SULS) and The Chinese Law Students Society (CLSS) organise not only social and cultural events but also initiatives of professional and intellectual interest to students. With sponsorship from a vast array of legal and professional organisations, they are among the chief contact points between the students and the legal profession. Activities include public forums, mooting programs and publications.

Unrivalled International Focus

Sydney Law School prides itself on its international focus. It is the only Australia Law School that requires students to complete two compulsory units in International Law - Public International Law and Private International Law A. The scholarship of the Faculty extends across the entire range of international law specialities including human rights, migration law, and private international law. We also offer a Winter School in Shanghai and offshore study in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan as well as Nepal.

Outstanding Achievements of Students and Alumni

Excellent Mooting Program:

  • Australian Champions, Jessup Moot, 1991, 1995-1998, 2000, 2008, 2013, 2015
  • World Champions, Jessup Moot, 1996, 2007, 2011, 2015
  • Australian Runners-Up, Jessup Moot, 2007
  • World Champions, University Debating Championships, 2010, 2001
  • World’s Best Speaker, University Debating Championships, 1996, 2001, 2004
  • Champions, European Law Students Association (ELSA) World Trade Organisation Moot (WTO), 2006
  • Champions, Japan Intercollegiate Negotiation and Arbitration Moot Competition, 2006, 2007
  • Champions, World Intervarsity Debating Championships, 2006
  • Winners, Sir Harry Gibbs Moot, 2007, 2008, 2012
  • Winners, Sir John Peden Moot, 2007, 2012
  • Winners, National Family Law Moot, 2012
  • Winners, The Nicholas Cowdery Criminal Law Moot, 2012
  • Winners, Castan Centre for Human Rights Moot Competition, 2012
  • Winners, Dusseldorf Invitational Vis "Pre-Moot" 2012
  • Winners, Shine Torts Moot 2011
  • Runners-up, Shine Torts Moot 2010
  • Winners, Murray Gleeson Moot 2009

Individual Achievements:

History of Rhodes Scholars:

The Sydney Law School holds a fine reputation for its history of Rhodes Scholars that include:

History of Fulbright Scholars:

Strong Alumni Network

As Australia's First, Sydney Law School has developed a strong link with its alumni. Sydney Law Graduates are represented in all professions, not just in law, both here and overseas. Through our graduates' participation in unique opportunities such as judging law moots, delivering public seminars and attendance at a variety of events, students can benefit from the knowledge and experience of our alumni. Our alumni include current and former members in a wealth of professions:



Business, Media & Sport:

World Class Academic Staff

Our level of academic staff expertise is well respected. Not only are many leaders in their fields, but we also draw on a number of leading international experts to deliver our programs. From the very beginning, the Sydney Law School has strived to match academic excellence with close professional links. As part of a bequest by John Henry Challis to the University in 1880, chairs in Law and Jurisprudence were founded, in addition to - reflecting the Faculty's ongoing commitment to placing law within a global perspective - a chair in International Law. Over the last century, these foundations have been extended. There are now 30 Chairs and over 80 full-time academic staff, as well as 70 adjunct members of the Faculty and 50 general staff. Starting with 14 students, it now has approximately 1,800 undergraduate and 1,700 postgraduate students.

Our staff are not only highly experienced and receptive to your needs and interests, but are also international leaders in their fields of study. A full list of the Law School’s academic staff, their profiles and research interests may be viewed on the Law School website.