Information for students

Student editorial committee

The Editors and Editorial Board of the Sydney Law Review appoint a student editorial committee each semester (except in Semester 1, 2014 as the course is only scheduled for Semester 2 of 2014). Membership is restricted to those students enrolled in LAWS3465/5165 - Sydney Law Review.

The committee comprises approximately 12 students per semester. Students in the semester one committee work on the March and June issues of the Review. Students in the semester two committee work on the September and December issues of the Review.

Student editors for the Sydney Law Review gain valuable experience in research, writing, and publishing skills and techniques.

Selection of student editors

By invitation

Approximately 80 fourth-year undergraduate students are invited to apply to enrol in the Sydney Law Review course in their fifth year of study. Invitations to enrol are sent ahead of the pre-enrolment period. Students who are invited to apply are selected according to the following criteria:

  • academic performance;
  • interest or experience in publishing.
By direct application

Students who wish to apply to enrol in LAWS3465/5165 - Sydney Law Review that have not received an invitation from the Review's Editors are welcome to apply by submitting an application form to the Law Publishing Unit.

Applications for Semester 2 2014 are now closed.

Duties for student editors

Members of the Committee must be prepared to serve for six months. Prospective students should be aware that student editors 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.


Members of the student editorial committee are required to attend a production meeting before the commencement of semester. At the meeting, editing work for the semester’s first issue is assigned. Students are also introduced to:

  • the requirements for editing articles (application of house style and citation checking); and
  • the requirements for researching and writing a law reform essay and a case note.


Students perform an important editorial role in the production of the Review. All articles published in the Review are edited by the student editorial committee. Editing comprises proofreading, applying the Review's house style and citation checking.


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

  • A case note (2,500 words worth 35% or 5,000 words, worth 65% - as nominated in advance by each student).
  • A law reform essay (2,500 words worth 35% or 5,000 words, worth 65% - as nominated in advance by each student).
  • A compulsory pass/fail editing assignment.


For both the law reform essay and the case note, students are required to find a member of the academic staff to act as supervisor for their work. 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. It is the responsibility of the supervisor to act as an examiner for supervised work.

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


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 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’.


There are two prizes 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 Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd ed). It is recommended that student editors purchase the latest version of the guide.


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

Acting Publishing Manager
Law Publishing Unit