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LAWS3465/5165 - Sydney Law Review Unit of Study

In 2016, LAWS3465/5165 will run in Semester 2 only.
The Academic Convenor for the Unit of Study is Professor Joellen Riley.

Six students will be admitted on a first-come first-served basis, subject to the following requirements:

  • you must have a WAM of 70 or above;
  • you must be in your final year of study in 2016; and
  • you must be able to attend the three group meetings.

How to apply

Students should apply for departmental permission via Sydney Student.

Applications open on Tuesday 8 December 2015 and will be determined on a first-come first-served basis subject to departmental approval (re the above enrolment criteria).
A waiting list will be kept in case places become available due to withdrawal of enrolment.

Applications close Friday 8 January 2016 .

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.

Meetings

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 (dates to be confirmed in 2016).

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 2016:

to be announced in 2016

Assessment

The assessment scheme for LAWS3465/5165 - Sydney Law Review in Semester 2, 2016 will include:

  • 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.

Supervision

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.

Publication

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’.

Prizes

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 Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd ed), which can be accessed via the University of Sydney Library and/or online.

Contact

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


Academic Support
Sydney Law School