LAWS 7060 Law of Associations (Juris Doctor)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 201057

Coordinator Grazia Borsellino Opens in new window

Description This unit deals with issues that arise in relation to the selection of appropriate structures for the conduct of non-profit and commercial dealings. Students examine the legal and practical requirements involved in creating, operating and winding up associations, partnerships and corporations. Emphasis is on the creation and operation of corporations, and the duties and liabilities of directors and officers, as well as the rights and obligations of shareholders. It is expected that students will be able to propose solutions to legal problem questions and issues relating to commercial associations with a focus on corporate law displaying a clear and coherent argument that evidences legal research, legal reasoning and professional judgement in responding to issues relating to commercial associations with a focus on corporate law.

School Law

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) LAWS 7053

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in program 2826 Juris Doctor.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Assess the principles of the law of commercial associations with a focus on the regulation of corporations and corporate activities, procedure and policy, and their relationship to broader social, economic and political contexts;
  2. Propose solutions to legal problem questions and issues relating to commercial associations with a focus on corporate law;
  3. Present a clear and coherent argument that evidences legal research, legal reasoning and professional judgement in responding to issues relating to commercial associations with a focus on corporate law;
  4. Reflect on ethical issues arising in the law of commercial associations practice and the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and service to the community.

Subject Content

- The origin, nature and functions of companies
- forms of business Organisations and legal entities including partnerships, joint ventures, unincorporated associations, sole traders
- Incorporation and its consequences
- formation, promotion and establishment of companies
- corporate Governance Rules
- company Constitution
- Board of Directors
- Shareholders
- meetings: Directors and Shareholder
- Distribution of power between Shareholders and Directors
- Directors duties and liabilities
- Company?fs liability for Civil and criminal wrongs
- Fiduciary oblig

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Online Quiz 10 minutes each x 5 (best 5 out of 8) 10 N Individual
Writing a referral letter 500 words 15 N Individual
Case Study 2,500 words 30 N Individual
Final Exam (Open book exam) 2 hours 45 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Borsellino, Grace (compiled by), Law of Associations: A Custom Publication for Western Sydney University (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2019)(+ eBook)

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