Resources for first year Law students

Welcome to your first year in the School of Law

UOW Law’s first-year curriculum and support program experience are designed to you the best chance at success.

From your very first session in Autumn, the School of Law introduces a unique learning structure called PODS. Each POD consists of about 25 students, allowing you to attend all your Autumn session classes with the same group. Our research indicates that this system greatly aids in the transition to tertiary law studies. It promotes the development of friendships and study groups, and establishes a supportive network. Please be aware that this applies only to seminar enrolments for the Autumn session. Starting from the Spring session in your first year, students will have the flexibility to enrol in any available seminar class options.

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"In the first year of law we're assigned into POD groups and it's really beneficial because you get to know everybody in your class. It's a really supportive network."

UOW Law student

How to enrol in Seminars for Spring session subjects

Students can view the subject timetables before seminar enrolment open date to help plan their studies.  See timetable website

AskUOW is able to assist with all student enquiries

Law First Year Coordinator, Associate Professor Lowell Bautista, is able to assist and support first year student enquiries.

Spring Session 2024

Below is a list of the prescribed textbooks for your First Year subjects. In some subjects, there are also suggestions about purchasing additional books that will support your studies. Those suggestions are recommendations, not required purchases.

You will be able to access a Subject Outline for each subject on the relevant subject Moodle site and they will contain a list of other recommended readings and resources. Details of the readings you are required to do for your classes in Week 1 (and following weeks) will also be made available on the Moodle site.

If you do not have one already, you may also consider buying a law dictionary, such as the Concise Australian Legal Dictionary (LexisNexis, 6th ed, 2020) or the Australian Law Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed, 2017). 

LLB1160: Interpreting the Law Prescribed text

  • Michelle Sanson, Statutory Interpretation (Oxford, 2nd ed, 2017)

LLB1170: Law of Contract B

  • Andrew Robertson and Jeannie Paterson, Contract: Cases and Materials (Thomson Reuters, 14th ed, 2020)
  • Andrew Robertson and Jeannie Paterson, Principles of Contract Law (Thomson Reuters, 6th ed, 2020). This book can be purchased individually or in a package with the Case Book.

Note: These books were the prescribed texts for LLB1120: Law of Contract A in Autumn session 2024.

LLB1180: Criminal Law and Procedure B

  • David Brown, et al, Criminal Laws Materials and Commentary on Criminal Law and Process of NSW (The Federation Press, 7th ed, 2020).

Note: this book was the prescribed textbook for LLB1130 Criminal Law and Procedure A in Autumn session 2024.

LLB1197: Ethics and Professional Responsibility

  • John Littrich and Karina Murray, Lawyers in Australia, (The Federation Press, 4th ed, 2019)

Spring Session 2024

LLB1160 Interpreting the Law

Coordinator: Achalie Kumarage

LLB1170 Law of Contract B

Coordinator:  Professor Cassandra Sharp



LLB1180 Criminal Law and Procedure B

Coordinator: Associate Professor Sheikh Solaiman

LLB1197 Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Coordinator: Dr Karina Murray


Plan your first session

Use the LLB First Year Program Assessment Planner to plan your assessments and manage your time during the first session of your law studies. A new version of the Assessment Planner will be made available to First Year students before Autumn Session. The Assessment Planner for Autumn 2024 can be accessed below.

Download 2024 Autumn Session First Year Law students planner (PDF: 134 KB) Discover other student resources