Fundamentals of Corporate Law (LAWS6810)


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 directorsÂ’ 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 ShareholdersÂ’ Remedies.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


Mar 31, Apr 1 & Apr 8, 13 (9-4)


general class participation and specified seminar discussions (20%), class quiz (20%), take-home exam (60%)


Redmond, Companies and Securities Law: Commentary and Materials (6th edition, 2013)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


LAWS2014, LAWS5014. Students who have undertaken the equivalent of Corporations Law in Australia within the last 5 years.

Additional Information

Available to MLLR students who commence after Jan 2015.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.