Learning & Teaching Methods at Sydney Law School
During the course of the Sydney JD, students will experience three primary learning and teaching methods:
- Lecture & tutorial teaching
- Seminar-style teaching
- Self-directed learning
Lecture & Tutorial Model
During lectures, you will receive complex information within a large class setting. This method makes it possible for the Unit Coordinator to arrange for you to hear experts such as practitioners and international scholars during special guest lectures.
During tutorials, you will synthesise the information from readings and lectures, discuss the application of legal principles with your peers and tutor, and apply your legal knowledge to problem questions and case studies.
Seminar Style Teaching
Seminar-style teaching allows you to discuss issues in small and large groups, with input and information from your teacher. Although seminar classes are generally larger than tutorials, you are given greater scope for interaction and deeper engagement with the subject matter, than in a large lecture.
You will experience self-directed learning through online quizzes, problem questions, additional readings, and discussion boards, which complement in-class learning. You will use WebCT extensively, which provides you with resources to assist your understanding of the subject matter and provide opportunities to undertake further self-directed learning.
About the University of Sydney Law School Juris Doctor
Sydney Law School is Australia’s first. Since its inception, it has been at the forefront of developments associated with both the teaching and research of law. Its strong sense of commitment to the fundamentals of law is combined with a commitment to innovation and the exploration of issues at the cutting edge.
The Sydney JD comprises the core legal subjects required throughout the world for professional accreditation coupled with the study of a wide range of elective subjects which allows advanced learning in both specialized fields and law in general. Teaching and learning methodology includes a wide range of formats to allow individual choice, a deep understanding of the law, independent research and the development of the skills and ethics inherent in modern professional practice.
Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: March 2015
To be eligible to apply to the Sydney Law School JD, you must have the following:
- Completed an undergraduate degree;
- Achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (cGPA) of at least 3.0/4.0