This course provides students with an advanced and integrated understanding of the body of legal rules that regulate companies and other popular business forms in Australia, including partnerships and sole traders. Topics covered include the management and control of both companies and partnerships; the process by which companies and partnerships transact; and the process by which companies and partnerships are both initiated and brought to an end. Detailed consideration is also given to the notion of corporate personality; the means by which companies can be financed; and the rights of creditors, shareholders and other stakeholders.
In addition to detailed knowledge of this complex area of law, this course also provides students with advanced understanding of the principles and concepts that underlie the way companies are regulated in Australia and the way changes to those principles can lead to law reform. Contemporary developments in Company Law are considered in this light, and the implications of these developments for professional practice are explored.
Availability2018 Course Timetables
Newcastle City Precinct
- Semester 2 - 2018
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge of the body of legal rules that regulate companies and other popular business forms in Australia.
2. Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of the principles and concepts that underlie the way companies are regulated in Australia and the way changes to those principles have led to corporate law reform in the past and may do so in future.
3. Identify and articulate complex legal issues that arise in business practice and demonstrate advanced analysis of statutory provisions and case-law; sophisticated legal reasoning; and well-developed skills in creative thinking to generate appropriate jurisprudential and practical responses to those issues.
4. Undertake specialized research into legal and policy issues relevant to one or more of the topics covered in the course.
5. Produce a piece of writing based on this specialized research that demonstrates the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions.
6. Communicate arguments relating to the application of the rules governing companies in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences.
Topics in this course include:
- Corporations, markets, lawyers and power
- Comparing different legal structures for operating a business
- The process of incorporation, corporate personality and piercing the corporate veil
- Governing the corporation
- Duties of directors and officers
- Corporate finance
- External administration
- Binding the corporation in contract
- Members remedies
This course is only available to students who are active in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program and have successfully completed LAWS6000, LAWS6001, LAWS6002A&B, LAWS6003A&B and LAWS6004A&B.
LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.
Essay: Research Essay
In Term Test: In-Class Exam
In Term Test: In-Class Multiple Choice Tests
Quiz: Online Quizzes
Newcastle City Precinct
Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Blended online learning module for two hour equivalent per week for the full term (in addition to set reading).
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term