Law Notes


Once upon a time I was at Law School, while entertaining and fun one of the more useful things I found were the notes floating around. Mostly they were useful just to compare and play with, I’ve kept them here for others because apparently they are useful. Please remember they are very old by this point. But do as you will with them.

Hopefully these notes should make University life just that much easier. Please keep in mind some may be old and if this is all your relying on to get you through your course you are going to fail, and you can trust me on that one.

Many thanks to those who have supplied the notes over the years and to those who haven’t contributed please do, karma helps with exams, its a widely believed fact :)

If you’ve notes please post a comment and I’ll get in touch, thanks!

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  1. jacinda
    3:29 am on November 12th, 2008

    god I could kiss you! godscent!

  2. Simon
    6:43 am on November 12th, 2008

    :) glad they are useful.

  3. Danielle
    11:09 pm on April 8th, 2009

    Great post, thanks for the info

  4. Anthony
    4:23 am on May 28th, 2009

    Just a note that Murray’s notes, while still useful in some subjects, are very out dated. You will need to update cases and legislation. Some of these notes look to be 4 – 5 years old and there have been lots of new cases in many areas in this time.

    I would use these though for case summaries and background notes. Just, as Murray says, please do not rely on them.

  5. Simon
    5:16 am on May 28th, 2009

    Given I posted these notes originally in 2002, and graduated in 2003 I suspect they could be even older than that as they were floating around for a bit before I was there.

    It is borderline criminally negligent to rely on these and I’ve contemplated taking them down and but for the sheer number of people who still find them useful each day (seriously the statistics blow me away, about 30 people a day) I probably would.

    Short version: don’t rely on them, you’ll fail. The lecturers know them and know when work is based on them, I’ve heard my site mentioned by name in class, they don’t like them but there isn’t much they can do about them _except_ fail you when they catch you.

  6. Lewis
    12:06 pm on June 5th, 2009

    Hi Simon,

    great notes, thanks – just curious – how old are the Discrimination Law templates

    cheers again – they are a great starting point

  7. Simon
    12:12 pm on June 5th, 2009

    running with “old” last time anyone sent me notes for discrim was August ’05

    Feel free to update them and send em back :)

  8. Olivia
    6:13 am on June 24th, 2009

    Just wondering if anyone has access to Public Law notes. I am studying Principles of Public law in Adelaide and could do with the assistance of some notes as the monotony of the course has got the better of me. I have heard of these Murray notes but as yet have not been successful in findin them. Can anyone help?

  9. Phillip law student
    12:37 pm on August 28th, 2009

    Really great notes. Many thanks. They are a great help.

  10. Simon
    2:54 pm on September 3rd, 2009

    There do appear to be some Pub notes over at the hedges site, I have a mirror if it ever goes dead but other than that you might have some luck there?

    In other news insert the usual over dramatised disclaimer about how I don’t vouch for them (as if I were an authority to anyway) and your going to fail if you use them and your cats going to spontaneously combust.. etc etc…

    Yawn, bored now

  11. Eliza
    12:25 am on September 7th, 2009

    Hi Simon

    The notes are great – thanks.

    The Trusts 241 tutorial notes are brilliant – but they just stop midway through a sentence, half way through the semester! Is there any chance you can locate the missing other half???

  12. tc (caribbean law student)
    9:06 am on April 10th, 2010

    ahhhh thnk u thnk u thku
    gr8 notes

  13. simon
    6:37 pm on April 14th, 2010

    I have thoroughly skided through these notes and realized that regardless of their being old, they are better than nothing. However, if you are of access to the ammended law that applies internationally that could also be applicable in Tanzania, I hope if you expose them to us then it would be agreat relief to us.
    By the way I am a student at Kampala International University under the fuculty of social science ( BPA)
    We do study introduction to law in the first semester.
    Keep on enlighting us.

  14. Simon
    11:15 am on April 15th, 2010

    Unfortunately I’ve no access to anything from the Tanzanian jurisdiction, if anyone mails me them I’ll certainly upload them. I’d suggest you look at LexisNexis or it’s equivalent for your jurisdiction.

    Good luck!

  15. Charlie
    4:23 am on May 6th, 2010

    The notes are great help… Thanks for the upload simon mate..

  16. Charlie
    4:24 am on May 6th, 2010

    Simon do have any notes for corporate law….

  17. mapange Nsapato
    1:42 pm on May 29th, 2010

    Now i can safely say law school is enjoyable.Big ups for the notes!

  18. zubin
    2:51 pm on May 30th, 2010

    thank you ….. thank you……….thank you………….u are great…….

  19. Sarah Fynes-Clinton
    10:24 am on May 31st, 2010

    Hi Simon

    Looks like a very useful service. Of course, going through Uni, we had Murray’s notes!

    Just thought I would let you know that my evidence notes were a later version than Murray’s – I updated and corrected them.

    For what use they are, from memory I did them in around 2003.


  20. Simon
    12:59 pm on May 31st, 2010

    Seems like as good a time to remind everyone; all notes are horribly out of date! guidelines only, not for use in the real world etc etc.

    That said nice to know they are still in use and people are still getting a benefit out of them. Thank you Sarah for providing content, let me know if you want them linked anywhere or any other form of acknowledgement etc.

    Also you should be able to open the .pages notes using a pdf viewer if you don’t have a Mac.

  21. James
    3:29 pm on June 2nd, 2010

    Just out of curiosity, what sort of industry are you in?

    do you like it?

    regrets? (if any)

    please feel free to email me them if you dont wish to publish

  22. Simon
    10:11 am on June 11th, 2010

    By way of background I did a dual Information Technology / Laws degree at QUT finishing in 2003.

    I’m now a Systems Administrator in Dublin, Ireland for a company providing HR services to large enterprises across the globe. My job entails making sure the servers that let others do their job stay up and working. Day to day my law degree is useful for the research and reading I need to do and to navigate the quagmire that is software licensing.

    During/after uni I worked as a Law Clerk/Lawyer for a small commercial firm in Queensland working mostly in Intellectual Property and Information Technology areas. Any work in a small firm however entails exposure to almost anything and everything that walks through the door.

    No regrets at all and love what I do. I left law for a few reasons but mostly it was more enjoying been a sysadmin more than working in law. At the end of the day you should do what you love, you’ll be better at it than something you force yourself to do at the behest of someone else or for the wrong reasons.

    Law is a generically useful degree to have, it and my initial work as a solicitor gave me a far better understanding of the world than I otherwise would have had. Scenarios have come up where I’ve been able to laugh off threats due to a proper understanding of the law and that alone was worth the price of admission. The research skills and such that were taught are also phenomenally useful.

    I’d never recommend anyone didn’t get a degree in law but I understand the practice of law isn’t for everyone. Of my class I know very few actually now practice. I don’t doubt however every single one of them use something from their degree every day.

    If I had to go back and do it all again the only thing I’d do more of would be the social side of things. I’m a bit of an IT nerd and didn’t really get into that as much as I now wish I had. The contacts you can make will take you as far if not further than the degree ever will.


  23. Amy
    6:25 pm on June 16th, 2010

    Hi Simon,

    I was wondering you have any updated versions for discrimination law. Could possibly email it to me. Cheers

  24. june
    10:59 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Hi Simon, I was wondering do you have notes for private international law. If so, could you email to me? Thanks!!

  25. Simon
    2:51 pm on August 5th, 2010

    Sorry June and Amy,

    The above notes are the only ones I have! If you find/found any please email them to me at so I can share them out!

  26. dennis
    9:10 pm on September 15th, 2010

    u ar d bst tanx alot Stay Blessed an God Bless u in your career…much love tanx 4 d wonderful notes…an do pray 4 us ….

  27. Anna
    12:29 pm on October 26th, 2010

    I love you.

  28. Simon
    12:32 pm on October 26th, 2010

    Why thank you random internet stranger, I love you too.

  29. M
    5:32 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Oh dear god…
    Thank you so much. You have no idea how grateful I am.
    Out of interest what company are you working for? I’m also in Dublin…

  30. Simon
    5:43 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Not sure how relevant the notes are to irish law but good luck regardless!

    Working for a place called Globoforce ( ), great company to work for have to say and growing fast which these days is something!

  31. M
    5:55 pm on November 24th, 2010

    Just using them for a torts essay, cleared a lot of things up for me!
    Thanks again! :D

  32. P
    5:01 am on June 3rd, 2011

    Cheers for the notes mate, tearing my hair out over layouts and organisation, this’ll be a great model to start from. :thumbsup:

  33. Conch
    8:31 am on June 20th, 2011

    Thank you for the notes, yours are the first ones i’ve been able to find for discrimination! :) its nice to have some notes to compare with mine to get some good exam notes. THANKS!!

  34. Dudley white
    6:38 am on August 16th, 2011

    Raine notes and Vella flows make me hard!

  35. Raine
    11:52 am on August 16th, 2011

    That’s slightly concerning Dudley. I’ll tell Vella about your post. He’ll be thrilled.

  36. George
    10:53 pm on August 16th, 2011

    Murray McCarthy’s admission date suggested he graduated circa 1999. By my understanding “his” notes were not even his- they were a conglomeration of others’. So to describe them as outdated is like saying your Atari is a little aged.

  37. Simon
    1:14 pm on August 18th, 2011

    Thou shalt not mock the 2600! Dig Dug and Pitfall are still classics!

    Damnit now I have the Dig Dug theme stuck in my head….

    But yes, was thinking about this the other day, the notes are extremely old and shouldn’t be relied upon. Many people however are hitting the site and downloading, so long as they are useful I’ll keep them online.

    Honestly I’d rather you all learn what it’s like to rely on out of date information in a class room because the Lecturer smacking you down is going to be a lot less painful than a Judge or explaining it to your client why (s)he doesn’t have his house/kid/millions of dollars any more.

    G’luck, relying on the above you’ll need it.

  38. SUWI
    8:07 pm on May 1st, 2012

    Old is gold.

  39. Ching
    12:30 pm on May 9th, 2012

    Yep, still using them.. lol

  40. kate
    8:36 pm on July 19th, 2012

    Didn’t Murray have to do corporate law!!!!

  41. LIL
    7:10 am on December 9th, 2012

    Hey Guys
    Does anyone have a copy of Murrays civil notes – i know they are old – i just like to follow the way he sets things out!!

  42. Murray mcCarthy
    10:44 pm on March 28th, 2013

    Glad I could help the world of law students!! :)

  43. Mahreen
    7:10 am on April 4th, 2013


    i wanted to reference your notes on constitutional law week 1, so can i know: Author of post, title of post abd author of blog/forum


  44. Simon
    4:43 pm on April 4th, 2013

    @Murray; Thank you so much, pretty sure anyone who graduated from QUT Law owes you a beer at this point. Let me know if your ever in Dublin and want that pint!

    @Mahreen; are you 100% sure you want to cite this blog? The lecturers know it well enough, and thats probably not a good thing! I wrote the post but I didn’t write the notes, I’ve no idea who did unless it’s in the file somewhere (though even odds it was Murray). This site isn’t a primary source, a secondary source or even a good source. The notes are essentially extremely out of date exam cheat sheets and quick reference guides. Citing one might not be a great idea, tbh they might even fail you for it…

  45. Frankly M. Dear
    9:55 pm on April 27th, 2013

    Murray, you been Googling yourself AGAIN?

  46. LIL
    8:59 pm on August 16th, 2013

    Hey Murray – you appear!! Thank you!!! Glad you could help as wel!!! don’t have any property A notes around do you??? also need evidence notes!!

  47. Francis
    4:52 am on August 18th, 2013

    Oh my God. These notes were SO helpful for my upcoming test on damages. Slightly dated, but the vast majority of cases we have covered for this section of the course are in there. Thank you.

  48. Jenny
    4:29 am on October 24th, 2013

    Thanks Simon The Trusts 241 tutorial notes have been really helpful to me but the second half of them is missing, do you have the other half? Thanks.

  49. Elle
    9:29 am on January 22nd, 2014

    Hi Simon Thanks for the notes – oldies but goodies!! Just wondering if anyone has the actual power points from the evidence notes and up dates… did the case summaries come from a power point or were they copied form set of notes to another? Thanks

  50. Sylvia
    4:47 pm on April 11th, 2014

    Three words: I LOVE YOU!!! Thanks sooo much!!! Oldies but amazing!

  51. Bij
    6:40 pm on September 10th, 2014

    Are we not all living in part of yesterdays!

  52. Grace
    6:17 pm on June 26th, 2015

    Hi Simon
    Great notes -practically very useful
    May I ask you a equation:
    Since 39B of Judicial Act gives Federal Court original jurisdiction to review a decision made by an officer of the Commonwealth, which has been interpreted to include Federal court Judges, can a party apply for Judicial Review against a judgement or order made by a federal court judge when the appeal of the litigant is abandoned?

    Thanks and look forward to hearing from you


  53. Petra
    3:10 am on August 12th, 2015

    You are a gem :)

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