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New Undergraduate students

Welcome to UNSW Law

We are pleased to welcome you as a NEW Undergraduate Student with UNSW Law. We hope you will enjoy your studies with us. The Semester 1 2018 UNSW Law Enrolment Information for Dual Law Degree students has important information for new students.

Accepting your Offer

Before you can enrol in your courses, you will need to ACCEPT your offer via myUNSW. Please refer to the Getting Started website and follow the instructions to Accept your Offer.

Once you have accepted your offer you can choose and enrol in your courses. Please follow the structure of your degree as set out in the Law Dual Degree Program links below.

The following links may be helpful when enrolling for the first time at UNSW:

Complete the UNSW Law Undergraduate Commencement Form

All NEW Undergraduate Students are required to complete the Undergraduate Commencement Form which will help the faculty understand more about the background of our students. The form should be completed prior to the first week of classes.

Undergraduate Law Student Orientation 2018

Newly commencing UNSW Undergraduate Law students are invited to join us for an official welcome as part of UNSW O-Week, Semester 1 2018.

All new students are also invited to participate in the Orientation Week Program on Kensington Campus during O'Week. Further information about the activities planned can be found on the O Week website.

Law Dual Degree Programs - Progression Plans

Please refer to the appropriate progression plan below for advice on the courses you are expected to complete each year in your degree. All students must follow the sequence of courses for their degree. Although the program information below lists details of the entire degree program, students are required to enrol for each semester when re-enrolment opens. Re-enrolment usually opens in October for S1 and in April for S2. You may also view the complete program structure in the Online Handbook.

Law Timetable Information

Please always refer to the Law Timetable Planner available on the Law website when selecting course/class to enrol. This will list the times for all classes and the rooms in which they will be taught.

Enrolment Deadlines

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are correctly enrolled and that the course(s) will count towards your program. Enrolment is allocated on a first come first served basis. Students are recommended to enrol as soon as they are able to.

Courses will have specific add and withdraw without penalty dates depending on the teaching period in which they fall.  Students can view the add/drop/withdraw without penalty dates applicable for different teaching periods on myUNSW under Key Dates.

Students can also view the university Academic Calendar for other important dates during the academic year.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they enrol in/drop out of courses by the appropriate date. 

Transfer Students or Internal Program Transfer Students (IPT)

Students transferring from a non-law degree to the Law dual degree program with 48 UOC credit transfer should enrol in the following Law courses in their first year of study:

Semester 1

Semester 2

In all other instances, enrolment will depend on your program structure, the advanced standing you receive, any knowledge pre-requisites and availability of places in the class of your choice.  You can refer to the online handbook for advice on the program structure and knowledge pre-requisites for specific courses.

Completion Time for Transfer Students

Students who transfer to dual law from a non-law degree will be able to complete their degree in exactly the same time as if they commenced study in Year 1 if they receive full credit - 48 UOC for their Year 1 studies.

If full credit is not received, students MAY have to enrol for one additional semester, or apply to overload or enrol in Summer courses. Students will be eligible to apply for overload after completing 48 UOC in their program.

Seeking Credit for Previous Study

UNSW Law will only approve advanced standing (credit transfer) for law courses completed as part of a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor Degree in a recognised Law School of an approved tertiary institution. They must be law-related, equivalent in content and depth to comparable UNSW law courses and recognized to be admitted as a practising lawyer.

The maximum credit which can be awarded for previous studies in Law is 48 Units of Credit (UOC).

If you are seeking credit for previous studies you must lodge an application for credit transfer to the UNSW Admissions Office.

The application for advanced standing (credit transfer) can be downloaded at

Please refer to the deadline for submission of credit transfer in the application form. We strongly recommend that you submit your application to the UNSW Admissions Office as soon as you receive an offer.

Students are required to provide comprehensive course outlines (including a list of topics covered in the course syllabus, assessment criteria, texts and references) for the law courses completed at the other university.

If you wish to compare UNSW Law courses with equivalent courses that you have completed at other Law School, please refer to the above program plan structure for a list of the compulsory courses and to the law website at Course Outlines or the UNSW Online Handbook. The Bachelor of Laws program requirements and academic rules can be found in the UNSW Online Handbook.

UNSW Undergraduate Law Advanced Standing Rules and Regulations

Successful UNSW internal program transfer students should contact their non-law Faculty for credit transfer of their non-law courses after accepting the offer on myUNSW.

International Students

It is your responsibility to ensure you are familiar with all visa conditions attached to your student visa and comply with them.  For further information regarding Student Visa conditions contact the ESOS Management Unit on telephone +61 (2) 9385 3065 or email

Accelerated Progression Opportunities

Law dual degree students in their final and penultimate year of study, who have been progressing satisfactorily, are eligible to:

(a) enrol in electives offered in Summer Semester (Dec - Jan).

(b) apply to take additional courses (overload) in Semester 1 and/or Semester 2.

The above scenarios are given as a guide only. Different degree programs may have slightly different study sequences.

If a student is transferring from a law dual degree program at another university the study sequence will also vary depending on the number of law exemptions awarded.

Moodle, Course Outlines & Textbooks


Moodle is the online learning platform for your course, providing online materials and support designed to complement your learning. Information typically found on the site are course outlines, course handouts, resources, and communication facilities. There may also be quizzes, forums for discussion and other activities using this platform. If you are doing take home essays you will also use the Moodle platform to upload your assignment to Turnitin. Your Moodle course will be available to you a week before the start date of the course. You can access Moodle when you log into myUNSW using your zpass and password.

For more information about navigating your online learning environment in Moodle go to the eLearning website:

Course Outlines

Further detailed information on your course can be found in the Course Outline. This is in your Moodle site at the top centre of the main page. The Course Outline is available one week before the commencement of class. If the course outline is not available please contact the convenor of the course for more information.


The Recommended Textbook lists for all courses are available on UNSW Bookshop website: at the start of semester. The course outline will usually contain information regarding procurement of textbooks.  You need to place your order for prescribed texts directly with the UNSW Bookshop (Tel: +61 2 9385 6689, Fax: +61 2 9385 6633) or order via UNSW Bookshop website:

The UNSW Bookshop is open 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. It is located at the lower section of the Quadrangle Building on the Kensington Campus.