The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Law for Startups will take the class through the key legal steps of moving from an idea to an operating business. The course commences by highlighting some common legal mistakes commonly made by startups. The focus then shifts to key legal and regulatory issues behind the various stages of the startup. This includes both a practical focus on what can be done effectively on a tight budget at an early stage and identification of areas where a significant legal spend will add value as the startup matures.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Communicate specialist knowledge and skills around legal issues commonly faced by startups.

2. Integrate and analyse the theory and practice in light of the fast-paced commercial environment of startups.

3. Critically reflect on the role of the legal adviser and their ability to assist their client to achieve the right result for the client.


The content in this course includes the following topics:

  1. Common legal mistakes made by startups.
  2. Intellectual Property - including trademarks, patents & designs, copyright, and confidential information.
  3. Risk management - including safety, consumer protection and regulatory compliance.
  4. Co-founder agreements and legal vehicles
  5. Issues around fundraising and growth.

Assessment items

Participation: In-class Participation

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study / Problem Based Learning Exercises

Presentation: Presentation

Essay: Research Essay

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 9

Face to Face/Online – weeks 9 & 10


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

The course may be delivered wholly in intensive mode; or in an equivalent combination of intensive and on-line delivery.