Information for students

LAWS3465/5165 Sydney Law Review


To be eligible to apply for this unit:

  • you must have a WAM of 70 or above;
  • you must be in your final year of study in the year the unit is offered; and
  • you must be able to attend the three group meetings.

How to apply

You should apply for departmental permission in Sydney Student.

Applications for enrolment in the unit of study are determined on a first-come first-served basis subject to departmental approval (eligibility criteria). If the enrolment quota is filled, a waiting list will be kept in case places become available.

To check enrolment dates, refer toStudy dates

The role of student editors

The student editorial committee of the Sydney Law Review comprises students admitted to the course. Students will gain valuable experience in legal research, writing, and publishing.

Students perform an important editorial role in the production of the September and December issues of the Review. Editing comprises proofreading, applying the Review's house style and citation checking.

Student editors must be prepared to serve for six months and may be required to perform editorial work for the Review outside of the formal teaching and assessment period. This is because of the production requirements of the Review.


Students enrolled in the SLR Unit of Study are required to attend three group meetings, one of which may be before the commencement of semester. They are also required to attend at least one meeting of the Editorial Board.

The group meetings address aspects of the Sydney Law Review production process and assessment requirements, including:

  • the requirements for editing articles (application of house style and citation checking); and
  • the requirements for researching and writing the essay and critical review.

Dates and times for the group meetings in 2017:

  • Tuesday 1 August 2017: 12:30–2:00pm
  • Tuesday 29 August 2017: 1:00–2:00pm
  • Tuesday 10 October 2017: 1:00–2:00pm


The assessment scheme for LAWS3465/5165 - Sydney Law Review includes:

  • Essay, 6000 words maximum (excluding footnotes and bibliography), worth 80% of final marks. Students are to evaluate critically a recent piece of law reform or a recent case (generally an important decision of the High Court of Australia).
  • Critical review of an article submitted for publication in the SLR, 1000 words (maximum), worth 20% of final marks.
  • Attendance at meetings and copy-editing exercises. No mark is allotted but these tasks must be completed to a satisfactory standard in order to complete the course.


Students are required to find a member of the academic staff to act as supervisor for their essay. The role of the supervisor is to provide initial assistance to the student by making suggestions as to useful starting places for reading and research.

Students are responsible for ensuring that they arrange their supervision in adequate time having regard to the due date for the assessment.

All essays are marked by the Academic Convenor.


Students in LAWS3465/5165 - Sydney Law Review are encouraged to view the written assessment as an opportunity to prepare a piece of scholarly work that is of publishable quality.

The Academic Convenor and/or Editors of the Sydney Law Review select up to two student assessments per semester for publication in the Review. Examples of previously published student papers are available for view under Previous Issues.


Two prizes may be awarded for student contributions to the Sydney Law Review:

  • The Peter Paterson Prize, established in 1988, is awarded annually for the best contribution to the Review on any topic.
  • The Sir Peter Heydon Prize is awarded annually for the best undergraduate contribution to the Review in the field of Constitutional, Administrative or International Law.

Style Guide for the Sydney Law Review

The Sydney Law Review is edited in compliance with the latest edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation, which can be accessed via the University of Sydney Library and/or online.


Please direct enquiries regarding LAWS3465/5165 - Sydney Law Review to:

Academic Support
Sydney Law School