Sydney Law School - University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006
The University of Sydney Main
The Law School
The New Sydney Law School
In February 2009, Sydney Law School moved to its purpose-built, state-of-the-art New Law Building, located on the University's main campus. Occupying an elevated position adjacent to Sydney's Victoria Park, the building provides an 'open door' orientation towards the city, reinforcing its connection to the CBD's legal precinct and wider society.
The building consists of four levels and accommodates the faculty academic and professional staff, together with a range of research centres and institutes. It incorporates collaborative spaces, meeting and conference rooms. There are a total of 23 teaching spaces within the building ranging from 300 and 100 seat lecture theatres, through to 60, 56, and 24 seat seminar facilities to suit a wide range of teaching requirements. It also accommodates a Moot Court facility and a spacious Forecourt.
For further information, please visit sydney.edu.au/law/about/new_building.shtml
Sydney Law School seminar style
Lawyers have the opportunity to share classes with non-lawyers, with our specialist coursework offerings in Health Law, Environmental Law, International Law and Labour Law attracting specialists in those fields for instance. This permits a dynamic and interactive environment in which to study. When you come to Sydney you also have the opportunity to partake in limited cross-institutional study, be it at another Law School in Sydney or one interstate. This enables candidates from overseas to study exactly what they want when in Australia based on what's available at the time.
The great strength of the Sydney LLM is that it enables students to choose from the entire range of postgraduate coursework units of study offered in any given year by the Sydney Law School - an opportunity not provided in any of its other postgraduate coursework programs. Effectively, candidates may select all eight units of study in one area such as International Law or Corporate, Securities and Finance Law. Alternatively, they may like to combine fields of study by selecting units in Commercial Law alongside those in Environmental Law, for instance. Sydney Law School offers degrees 17 primary fields and delivers 21 specialist specialist coursework study areas:
Administrative & Government Law
Asian & Islamic Law
Banking & Finance Law
Climate Change Law
Energy & Resources Law
Human Rights Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Trade Law & International Commercial Arbitration
Law & International Development
Law & Social Justice
There are many pathways to the LLM at Sydney including:
Complete your LLM in Sydney...
You can complete your entire LLM program in Australia's largest and most famous city. Our units are taught by our very own experts as well as overseas visitors and leading members of the legal profession. Units are taught intensively or over an entire semester. If you're a full-time student it's possible to complete your LLM in one year by finishing eight units of study.
Complete your LLM in Europe...
The Sydney Law School in Europe program permits students to undertake classes in locations including Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy. Classes currently take place in Cambridge, London, Berlin and Tuscany. Units are taught intensively, over four successive days. Upon completion, students must then complete the assessment. Several subjects are offered each year and each unit may count towards programs other than the LLM. You can count one, some or all of your units towards a Sydney LLM by attending classes in Europe.
Complete your LLM in Sydney & Europe...
You may prefer to combine study in Europe with that in Sydney. You can decide to complete half your units in Europe and half in Sydney, for instance. Alternatively you may like to complete most in Europe or some in Sydney. The choice is yours and your unit selection will determine your location. You may even find that you wish to finish your LLM in Sydney in order to attend your graduation ceremony at the University.
Complete a single unit to count towards an LLM...
You do not have to commit to entire program straight away. You may like to sample a unit of study, be it in Europe or Sydney. So long as you complete the assessment, that unit will count towards an award course such as a Graduate Diploma or Masters.
Complete the Graduate Diploma in Law and then upgrade to the LLM...
You may like to start out with a Graduate Diploma, which consists of four units of study. With approval you can then upgrade to a Masters. Many of our students commence with a Graduate Diploma in Law (GradDipLaw) and then decide to enhance their qualifications by transferring to the LLM. With only four units of study remaining to qualify, it's a decision worth considering.
New for 2013 - The Master of Law & International Development (MLawIntDev)
Sydney Law School's new Masters degree recognises the importance of law in international development while building on its reputation as Australia's leading Law School in international, global and transnational law. The Master of Law & International Development (MLawIntDev) will prepare you for work in international development, including in specialist law and justice areas. It consists of foundation courses giving an overview of the role of law in international development, together with units from six thematic clusters:
Development and Rights
Environment Climate Change and Sustainability in Development
Global Health Law and Development
Rule of Law and Governance
Trade and Development
For further information, please visit sydney.edu.au/law/fstudent/coursework/mlid.shtml
The Sydney Juris Doctor (JD)
If you wish to practise law, you should consider the Sydney Juris Doctor (JD). This comprehensive three year degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills to operate in a global legal environment and create for you a pathway to international legal practice. Lawyers need international and comparative legal training to respond to increasingly global problems. There has never been a greater demand for legal advice and innovative approaches to problem solving than today. The Sydney JD will develop your skills of analysis, research, writing and advocacy and prepare you to move with confidence across national boundaries.
For further information, please visit sydney.edu.au/law/fstudent/jd/index.shtml
The Dean of Sydney Law
School, Professor Joellen Riley
Our staff are not only highly experienced and receptive to the needs and interests of our students, but are also international leaders in their fields of study. Some of our academic staff that are recognised as experts both here and overseas include:
Professor Ben Saul - International Law
Professor Graeme Cooper - Taxation
Professor Luke Nottage - Japanese Law
Professor Vivienne Bath - Chinese Law
Professor Jennifer Hill - Corporate, Securities & Finance Law
Professor Patrick Parkinson - Family Law
Professor Roger Magnusson - Health Law
Professor Sheelagh McCracken - Commercial Law
Professor Patricia Apps - Law & Economics
Professor Rosemary Lyster - Climate & Environmental Law
Professor Mary Crock - Migration Law
Professor David Kinley - International Human Rights Law
The Sydney Law School Moot Court
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language proficiency before admission. The following scores apply:
1. IELTS overall band score of 7.0, with no less than 6.0 in any component.
Paper Test: 600 plus Test of Written English (TWE) = 4.5
Computer-based TOEFL (CBT) = 250 plus a score of 4.5 in the Essay writing component
Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) = 100 with a minimum of 23 in the writing section and 22 in all other sections
Scores more than two years old cannot be accepted.
Tuition and Fees
The Sydney Law School Library
The Sydney Law School Reading Room
For information on student loans for postgraduate international students - sydney.edu.au/future_students/international_postgr…
Sydney Opera House
Sydney has a thriving nightlife not just in its city centre but around its various suburbs. There's a vast array of pubs, clubs, bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from that reflect the multicultural status of this fine city. While Sydney is still a young city, there's a multitude of superb scenery and remarkable architecture to enjoy that outlines Sydney and Australia's unique history.
Sydney is also conveniently located to many of Australia's finest National Parks, as well as many smaller national parks and state forests, offering visitors a superb environment for bushwalking, picnics and soft adventure activities, all within easy reach of the city centre. For information on Sydney as a city, visit www.sydneyaustralia.com
Student LifeWhy choose Sydney?
Five great reasons to study at the University of Sydney
At the University of Sydney we offer Sydney Choice - a wide range of dynamic courses with flexible degree structures. We don't believe one model fits all. We encourage you to start working towards your goal, your way, from your first day at university.
As a global university, many of our degrees have a strong international emphasis and we offer comprehensive exchange program that will allow you to travel and experience a different culture while you learn.
Through Sydney Choice we prepare you for the rigours of higher learning, provide you with skills and versatility for professional employment and help you rise to the responsibility of leadership.
Excellence in teaching and learning
The University of Sydney attracts some of the best students in Australia. With this privilege comes a responsibility to provide the highest quality learning and teaching.
We strive constantly for excellence in intellectual inquiry, academic freedom and integrity, and ethical practice in academic endeavours. At the heart of all of this is an exciting and stimulating student-centred learning and teaching environment.
A rich and vibrant student life
With hundreds of clubs and societies, cafes, bars, bands, theatre productions, sports, three sporting complexes, and Australia's oldest student newspaper, Honi Soit, you will be a part of Australia's most vibrant and active student community.
The University of Sydney is a blend of neo-gothic sandstone history complete with gargoyles, cloisters and courtyards and contemporary, well-equipped architecture, offering the highest quality teaching, learning and research facilities.
We create leaders
Many graduates from the University of Sydney are leaders, both nationally and on the world stage, in government, business, industry, the arts and sporting arena. University of Sydney alumni include:
Former Prime Ministers John Howard, Gough Whitlam, William McMahon and Edmund Barton
Former Governors-General Sir William Deane and Sir John Kerr
Four of the seven current members of the High Court of Australia
Aboriginal leaders Dr Charles Perkins and Noel Pearson,
Broadcasters Clive James, Adam Spencer, Julie McCrossin and Mary Kostakidis
Former Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK government, now President of the Royal Society, Professor Lord Robert May
Sir John Cornforth, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Theatre director John Bell of Bell Shakespeare
Film directors Jane Campion and Bruce Beresford
Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks
Summer ProgramWhile the Sydney Law School does not offer any units of study as part of the University of Sydney Summer School, a number of intensive units of study are run during the summer break between December and February each year.
Pre-LLM CourseWe encourage all of our international students to attend an optional bridging program that is held a few days prior to commencement of semester. International students are given a brief overview of the Australian legal framework and the common law system. The Program also provides an opportunity for new students to meet each other socially, and with the academic and administrative staff of the Law School.
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