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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Provide a legal advice that gives an overview of the main issues facing a startup and gives suitable emphasis to the most relevant issues.

2. Demonstrate an ability to prepare in-depth, practical and detailed advice within a specific practice area.

3. Show an understanding of a specific practice area and demonstrate an ability to educate clients, with an understanding of the level of legal knowledge of most startup entrepreneurs and the fast-paced commercial environment of startups.


The content in this course includes the following:

1.     Common legal mistakes made by startups.

2.     Intellectual Property - including trademarks, patents & designs, copyright, and confidential information.

3.     Structuring and governance.

4.      Financial issues, fundraising and exit strategies.

5.      Risk management - including safety, consumer protection and regulatory compliance.

Assessment items

Participation: In-class Participation

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

Presentation: Presentation

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 6

Face to Face/Online – weeks 6-10


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.