Information for students

LAWS3465/5165 Sydney Law Review

  • LAWS3465/5165 Sydney Law Review is offered in one semester each year.
  • The Unit Coordinator is Professor Joellen Riley.
  • Assessment includes a law reform or case note essay; a critical review of an article submitted for publication in the Review; attendance at unit of study and Editorial Board meetings; and a copy-editing exercise.
  • To be eligible to apply, 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.
  • For further information, see the University of Sydney Law School Handbook and refer to Study dates.
  • 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.
  • You should apply for departmental permission in Sydney Student.

The role of student editors

  • The Student Editorial Committee of the Sydney Law Review comprises students admitted to the LAWS3465/5165 course. Students will gain valuable experience in legal research, writing, and publishing.
  • Student editors perform an important editorial role in the production of the Review. They 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.
  • Students in LAWS3465/5165 are encouraged to view the essay 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 year for publication in the Review and examples of previously published student papers can be viewed in Previous Issues of the Review.


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

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