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LAWS6810: Fundamentals of Corporate Law

2024 unit information

This unit is designed for those wishing to pursue postgraduate study involving aspects of corporate law, but who lack the required previous exposure to the subject. As our postgraduate units in corporate law (other than this unit and LAWS6319 Fundamentals of the Board and Directors Duties) are generally specialised and taught at an advanced level, those wishing to enrol in such units but who have not studied corporate law in a law school environment should undertake this unit. The unit focuses on the fundamental principles of law applying to public and proprietary companies. It starts with a brief history of the development of the corporate form and the evolution of Australian corporate law, before examining a range of core topics, such as the nature of corporate personality, the incorporation process, corporate constitution and governance rules, and shareholder rights and remedies. The unit will also include a brief introduction to directors duties, however, students who lack previous exposure to corporate law and wish to examine this topic in greater detail are advised also to enrol in the unit, LAWS6319 Fundamentals of the Board and Directors Duties. It is recommended that students wishing to undertake further study in the area of shareholder rights enrol in LAWS6957 Shareholders Remedies. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:


Code LAWS6810
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
LAWS2014 or LAWS5014 or Students who have undertaken the equivalent of Corporations Law in Australia within the last 5 years
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and principles of corporate law
  • LO2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the legislation and policy in the core areas of corporate law
  • LO3. analyse and evaluate the principles, legislative rules and policy in those core areas
  • LO4. apply those principles, rules and policies to new situations
  • LO5. convey your knowledge, understanding, analysis and evaluation of the legal principles and policy

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1a 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive March 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2a 2022
Block mode Remote
Semester 1a 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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