2018 Winter School Subject List

Real Property (LAWS5012) - Opens 10 May 2017

Faculty: Law (Sydney Law School)
Department: Law (Sydney Law School)
Level: Postgraduate
Credit Points: 6

There are no Instructor details available for this course.

(1)  Professional Law Programs  - Law.professional@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 03 Jul 2017 
End Date: 12 Jul 2017 
Capacity: 30 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 10 May 2017 
Applications Close: 19 Jun 2017 
Census date: 10 Jul 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 10 Jul 2017 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Prerequisites: - 

    LAWS2012 or LAWS5008 (Introduction to Property & Commercial Law)

  2. Prohibitions: - 

    LAWS2007 or LAWS2017

  3. Note: - 

    All enrolments are subject to approval by the Sydney Law School.

  4. Note: - 

    Enrolment is restricted to University of Sydney Juris Doctor of Laws students only.


Land law (or the law of “real property”) has always played an important role in the economic, social and political life of Australia. Australian real property law draws much of its principle from English real property law; but over the last 100 years in particular, Australian real property law has begun to develop its own unique character.

This is particularly evident in two key aspects of modern Australian law: the Torrens system of land registration (which forms a large part of this unit of study) and the developing law of indigenous title to land (which is studied in Introduction to Property and Commercial Law, but which may surface occasionally in parts of this unit also).

This unit considers in particular the following topics: priorities between competing interests in land (building on material from the introductory unit, Introduction to Property and Commercial Law); the Torrens system of land registration; co-ownership of land (joint tenancies and tenancies in common); easements; covenants; leases and licences; mortgages.

The unit, inter alia, aims to develop problem solving skills and skills in interpreting complex statutory provisions in the Real Property Act 1900 (NSW) and the Conveyancing Act 1919 (NSW)


1 X 1500 word optional assessment (30%) 1 x 3 hr exam (70% or 100%)


Start Date: 03 Jul 2017     End Date: 12 Jul 2017

Lectures: 9:30 - 17:30

Mon 3rd - Thu 6th and Mon 10th - Wed 12th July

Final Exam: Fri 21st Jul 2017 (9:30am Start - 3hr exam & 15 Reading Time)


Lectures: Castlereagh Seminar Room 1804 & 1805 EXCEPT Mon 3rd - Castlereagh Seminar Room 1813

Final Exam: New Law School Lecture Theatre 024


Peter Butt, Land Law (6th ed)