What we offer

The Law Extension Committee seeks to provide a program that:

  • is relatively inexpensive;
  • values diversity of background among students;
  • caters for part-time and external or distance students (Please note that this is not a correspondence or on line course and that distance students are expected to attend weekend schools, although attendance is not compulsory);
  • combines academic rigour with flexibility of entry;
  • two semesters of evening and weekend lectures each year. Each semester runs for 14 to 15 weeks with a two week break in the middle of the session. There is one lecture in each subject per week, from 6pm to 8.30 or 9pm and two or more non-residential weekend schools in each semester. Evening lectures are held on the main campus of Sydney University in Camperdown. Weekend schools are also held on the main campus, are primarily for external or distance students and are designed to cover the same ground as do the evening lectures although time constraints mean that the subject is not covered in the same depth as in the evening lectures. Evening students may attend these if they wish. Each weekend school has an eight-hour program in each subject. There is an additional and essential weekend school for all new evening and external or distance students which includes seminars in legal research and introductory lectures in the initial subject of Legal Institutions.
  • Specialised University of Sydney Law Library services. Students have full access to the University’s Law Library, and students living outside Sydney have extended loan entitlements and the use of postal loan and photocopying services. A specialist law librarian, legal research classes, and access to an extensive electronic reserve of materials are examples of the additional library resources that are provided. View information about the facilities of the Sydney Law Library available to Diploma in Law students.
  • Subject guides and synopses in all subjects and the Course Information Handbook prepared in collaboration with the LPAB.
  • Course materials in most subjects are provided electronically to students enrolled in them.
  • Advice on forming study groups and student initiated web campus discussion forums for each subject.
  • Students are provided with Sydney University UniKey accounts to facilitate their use of learning resources and library access.
  • A pathway to the Master of Laws (LLM) program for successful candidates. Many lawyers are now proceeding to a postgraduate degree.

The teaching program has a professional orientation. The lecture is the primary teaching medium. The Committee’s thirty five teachers are drawn from practice and university. They include senior counsel, professors, authors of respected texts and individuals who are eminent in their field.