LAWS5161 Law Review Part 2

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
The University of Western Australia Law Review (UWALR) is the oldest university law journal in Australia, being first published in 1948. The UWALR is published twice annually and currently has a hard copy circulation and is included in the Australasian Legal Scholarship Library which is one of the largest collections of legal scholarship on the web. It provides a forum for the airing of articles on topics of current legal significance and practical notes on Australian case and statute law.

The UWALR is edited by a Student Editorial Board under the supervision of a senior member of the academic staff and benefits from the advice of a distinguished Editorial Advisory Board. The Student Editorial Board is usually selected from among the top students of the graduating year. The supporting Editorial Advisory Board comprises distinguished scholars, legal practitioners and members of the judiciary from Australia and several other countries.

The task of student editors involves: assisting with the evaluation of items submitted for publication such as articles, notes and book reviews; editing those items and checking print proofs, as well as writing a piece for publication. Evaluation involves an assessment based upon the students own analysis assisted by referees reports.

Students are required to prepare short reports on each article assigned to them, in the nature of an official referee's report. Such reports should include the student's opinion on the merits, topicality and originality of any article or note submitted for publication.
Students are able to (1) (i) demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge that includes contemporary developments in law, (ii) gain and demonstrate knowledge of issues in relation to academic law publishing; (2) (i) identify and articulate complex legal issues, (ii) apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues, (iii) engage in critical analysis in valuating academic research submitted for publication; (3) (i) demonstrate the intellectual skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies and conclusions in their own research and in the evaluation of the research of others; and (4) (i) learn and work with a high level of autonomy, accountability and professionalism, (ii) reflect and assess their own capabilities and performance and make use of feedback.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research paper and (2) two reports on items submitted for publication. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Winthrop Professor Michael Blakeney and Assistant Professor Philipp Kastner
Unit rules
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Contact hours
full-time commitment throughout the editorial and production process
Students who wish to enrol in this unit should send an expression of interest, along with a curriculum vitae and an academic transcript (from student connect is fine) to Michael Blakeney ([email protected]) and Philipp Kastener ([email protected])
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.