Faculty of Law

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2013 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 2 2013 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2013 (Day)



An understanding of the basic law governing corporations is necessary for admission to the practice of law in Victoria. In the Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) degree, the corporations law course is divided into two compulsory units: Principles of Corporations Law (LAW7275) and Advanced Corporations Law (Law 7277).

Principles of Corporations Law focuses mainly on the principles essential to understanding the corporation and the corporate life cycle. This unit is concerned with the nature of the corporation as a separate legal entity, the role and importance of internal rules, legal aspects of financing and processes for dealing with insolvent corporations. The Unit also covers the legal principles by which corporations are bound to contracts.

The Unit considers these issues against a background of basic corporate theory and explores some of the wider implications of how corporations are regulated.


Principles of Corporations Law (LAW7275) aims to provide students with a thorough grounding in this important area of law and to enable them to gain familiarity with, and an understanding of, the basic principles underlying the subject.

The Unit aims also to give students practice in resolving practical problems in corporations law, in developing their research and writing skills and their ability to critically appraise the content and operation of legal principles in this area of law.


Final examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading time): 70%
Assignment (2,500-3,000 words): 30%.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Karen Wheelwright (Trimester 1)
Ms Lisa Robinson (Trimester 2)
Assoc Prof John Duns (Trimester 3)

Contact hours

2.5 hours per week x 12 weeks