Business Law

Units of study

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Master of Business Law

Exemption from core units of study should not be assumed to be automatic. Formal approval must be obtained from the Faculty of prior to enrolment
Candidates must complete 48 credit points, comprising:
(i) 6 credit points of core units of study and 42 credit points of elective units of study, for candidates without a law background; or
(ii) 48 credit points of elective units of study, for candidates with a law background

2014 Core Units of Study

Candidates without a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must undertake the unit below prior or concurrent to enrolling in other law units.
LAWS6252
Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System
6    N LAWS6881


International students who are required to enrol in this unit must undertake classes during the first week of their study. Health Law and Public Health students should enrol in LAWS6881 Introduction to Law for Health Professionals in lieu of LAWS6252, if available. This unit is not available to MLawIntDev students who have been granted a reduced volume of learning. Students must attend all classes on the timetabled dates as prescribed for their enrolled session/group. An Absent Fail grade may be granted to students who fail to attend the correct session/group.
Int April
Int August
Int March
Int Sept

2014 Elective Units of Study

LAWS6310
Advanced Competition Law
6    P LAWS6838 Competition Law unless exempt by the Unit Coordinator upon demonstration of knowledge equivalent to that covered by LAWS6838
Semester 2
LAWS6014
Advanced Financing Techniques
6    A LAWS6038 or LAWS6046 or law degree with good background in Australian corporate law
Semester 2
LAWS6947
Advanced Obligations and Remedies
6    A undergraduate law degree

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit has a restricted class size.
Int July
LAWS6209
Australian International Taxation
6      Int March
LAWS6169
Capital Gains Tax
6      Int June
LAWS6936
Carbon Trading, Derivatives and Taxation
6      Int May
LAWS6091
Chinese International Taxation
6   

The unit is available to students who have successfully completed either one undergraduate unit of study in tax law or one unit of study in a postgraduate tax program.
Int May
LAWS6001
Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems
12    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction
N LAWS6857, LAWS3068, LAWS5368

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit is not available to students who have completed a law degree in the People's Republic of China. Students must register their attendance before enrolling. Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit conditional on (i) students must write an essay that focuses on a development topic and (ii) that topic being pre-approved by the Unit Coordinator. To register, please visit the Shanghai Winter School website http://sydney.edu.au/law/cstudent/shanghai/ Registration enquiries law.offshore@sydney.edu.au Enrolment enquiries law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au
Int November
LAWS6824
Commercial Conflict of Laws
6    A undergraduate law degree
N LAWS6884


This unit replaced LAWS6824 Transnational Commercial Litigation and has a restricted class size
Int May
LAWS6188
Commercial Equity Litigation
6    A students should have a working knowledge of the law of property and equity and some familiarity with litigation would be useful but not essential


This unit replaced LAWS6188 Commercial Equity.
Int February
LAWS6900
Comparative Admiralty and Maritime Law
6    A undergraduate law degree is preferable but knowledge gained from work in shipping or related fields will be sufficient
Int Sept
LAWS6153
Comparative Corporate Taxation
6      Int April
LAWS6128
Comparative International Taxation
6      Int August
LAWS6838
Competition Law
6    A undergraduate law degree or have completed LAWS6252 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System before enrolling in this unit
Semester 1
LAWS6264
Compliance: Financial Services Industry
6    A A good general grasp of legal and equitable principles, including the common law, and a basic knowledge of undergraduate law units. The unit is open not only to students in the LLM program, but also to lawyers, regulatory staff or compliance professionals. It is not necessary that the latter hold a law degree in order to participate in the unit, but they should understand that the unit is being taught as part of a law program at postgraduate level. They may find it preferable therefore to audit the unit on a non-assessed basis, rather than participate on an assessed basis.
Semester 2
LAWS6227
Consumer Contracts and Product Defects
6    N LAWS6024, LAWS6025


This unit replaced LAWS6227 Consumer Protection Law: Liability of Suppliers to Consumers.
Int May
LAWS6250
Controlling Liability by Contract
6    A undergraduate law degree
Semester 2
LAWS6160
Copyright and Copyright Industries
6    A Undergraduate law degree. Completion of LAWS6873 Principles of Intellectual Property or undergraduate study in IP will be an advantage. Students who do not have a background in copyright or IP will be provided with additional preparatory reading.
Int Sept
LAWS6318
Corporate Innovation and Abuse
6      Int June
LAWS6100
Corporate Fundraising
6    A presumption of law degree with corporate law knowledge
Semester 2
LAWS6222
Corporate Governance
6      Int July
LAWS6140
Corp Soc Responsibility: Theory/Pol
6      Int August
LAWS6030
Corporate Taxation
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 1, Semester 1a

Int April
Semester 1
Semester 1a
LAWS6301
Corruption and International Development
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
The unit will be taught as a skills-based unit with class exercises. To make this workable, numbers to be capped at 25 students. The unit replaced Introduction to Anti-Corruption: Policy, Law and Practice.
Int August
LAWS6997
Cross-Border Deals
6    A Undergraduate law degree. Students undertaking this unit must have a good working knowledge of the Australian Corporations Act and the rules and practices applicable to securities offerings and takeovers or the equivalent in their home jurisdiction.


This unit replaced LAWS6997 Cross-Border Deals - A US Perspective.
Int October
LAWS6852
Doing Business in China
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction
Int August
LAWS6984
Economics of Tax Policy
6      Int October
LAWS6937
Employment Law Advocacy
6    A law degree or, with permission of the Program Coordinator, LAWS6013 Advanced Employment Law
Int May
LAWS6046
Equity Financing
6    A presumption of law degree with corporate law knowledge
Semester 1
LAWS6307
Expert Evidence & Class Action Procedure
6    A Students without a law degree or equivalent may enrol in this unit but should be aware that the unit focuses on legal and evidentiary issues.
N LAWS6230, LAWS6869


This unit replaced LAWS6230 Expert Evidence and LAWS6869 Class Actions and Complex Litigation.
Int May
LAWS6987
Fundamentals of Commercial Law
6    A This unit assumes no previous knowledge and is available to non-lawyers and to lawyers who have not previously studied or practised in the area
N LAWS3400


This unit replaced LAWS6987 Introduction to Commercial Law.
Semester 1
LAWS6991
Fundamentals of Contract Law
6    C LAWS6252
N LAWS1002, LAWS1015, LAWS2008, LAWS5002


This unit is only available to non-law graduates who have not undertaken any previous study of contract law. This unit replaced LAWS6991 Introduction to Contract Law.
Int May
LAWS6810
Fundamentals of Corporate Law
6    N LAWS2003, LAWS2014, LAWS5014, CLAW2001, CLAW2201, CLAW6002 or equivalent unit


This unit replaced LAWS6810 Introductory Corporate Law.
Int April
LAWS6955
Fundamentals of Finance Law
6    A This unit assumes no previous knowledge and is available to non-lawyers and to lawyers who have not previously studied or practised in the area


This unit replaced LAWS6955 Key Legal Concepts in Finance Law.
Int October
LAWS6912
Fundamentals of the Law of Trusts
6    N Students who have previously completed a law degree in a common law jurisdiction are not permitted to enrol in this unit, except with the permission of the Unit Coordinator


This unit replaced LAWS6912 The Law of Trusts.
Int March
LAWS6933
Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
6   

This unit replaced LAWS6933 International Petroleum Transactions. MIL and GradDipIntLaw students may enrol in either LAWS6990 Principles of Oil and Gas Law or LAWS6933 Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues, but not both.
Int May
LAWS6214
Goods and Services Tax Principles A
6    A basic understanding of taxation law
Semester 1
LAWS6828
Goods and Services Tax Principles B
6    P LAWS6214 GST Principles A. With permission of the Tax Program Coordinator, students with a good working knowledge of GST or VAT from previous study or practical experience may be permitted to enrol.
Semester 2
LAWS6891
GST - International Issues
6    P LAWS6214 or LAWS6814 (or equivalent knowledge)
Int May
LAWS6846
Human Rights and the Global Economy
6    N LAWS5134


Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit
Int August
LAWS6147
Independent Research Project
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Closing date 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2)
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6182
Independent Research Project A
6    C LAWS6183

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Closing date 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2). Students must complete both LAWS6182 and LAWS6183 within one or two semesters.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6183
Independent Research Project B
6    C LAWS6182

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Closing date 30 September (Semester 1) and 30 April (Semester 2). Students must complete both LAWS6182 and LAWS6183 within one or two semesters.
Semester 1
Semester 2
LAWS6159
Insolvency Law
6    A law degree with good background in Australian corporate law
N CLAW6006


This unit replaced LAWS6159 Corporate Insolvency Law.
Int July
LAWS6882
Insurance Contract Law
6    A undergraduate law degree or LAWS6991 Fundamentals of Contract Law


The unit replaced LAWS6882 Insurance law.
Int Sept
LAWS6059
International Business Law
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction


Core unit for MIntBus&L students.
Int March
LAWS6060
International Commercial Arbitration
6      Int August
LAWS6138
Internatl Fin Transactions: Law & Prac
6      Int April
LAWS6037
International Import/Export Laws
6      Semester 1
LAWS6916
International Investment Law
6      Int March
LAWS6243
International Law I
6    N LAWS5005


This unit replaced LAWS6243 Public International Law. This unit is compulsory for MIL and GradDipIntLaw students who have not completed any previous study in international law and must be taken during the first semester of candidature. This unit is not available to MLawIntDev students who have been granted a reduced volume of learning.
Int March
Semester 2
LAWS6903
Interpreting Commercial Contracts
6    A undergraduate law degree
Int November
LAWS6825
Introduction to Australian Business Tax
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Semester 1a, Semester 1b, Semester 2a, Semester 2b

Int August
Int March
Semester 1a
Semester 1b
Semester 2a
Semester 2b
LAWS6857
Introduction to Chinese Law
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction
N LAWS6001 and students who have completed a law degree in the People's Republic of China
Int May
LAWS6879
Japanese Law
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
For further information, please visit http://sydney.edu.au/law/caplus/ or email law.offshore@sydney.edu.au
Int February
LAWS6816
Labour Law in the Global Economy
6    A LAWS6252 or a law degree and, for MLLR students, LAWS6071
Int Sept
LAWS6932
Law and Investment in Asia
6      Int April
LAWS6928
Law, Justice and Development
6    N LAWS3478


This unit is compulsory for MLawIntDev students and replaced LAWS6928 Law & Economic Development.
Int April
LAWS6859
Law of Agency
6    A undergraduate law degree
Int Sept
LAWS6953
Law of Asset Protection
6      Int August
LAWS6982
Law of Economic Integration in the EU
6    A basic understanding of EU Law
Int March
LAWS6313
Law of Not-for-Profits
6      Semester 2
LAWS6112
Law of Tax Administration
6      Semester 1
LAWS6149
Legal Pluralism in Southeast Asia
12   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit will be taught offshore with the cooperation of Gadjah Mada University (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and International Islamic University (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). These institutions will provide guest lecturers. These institutions can be contacted through Assoc Prof Simon Butt and Dr Salim Farrar. Students must register their attendance before enrolling. For further information, please visit http://sydney.edu.au/law/caplus Registration enquiries law.offshore@sydney.edu.au Enrolment enquiries law.postgraduate@sydney.edu.au
Int July
LAWS6956
Personal Property Securities
6      Int August
LAWS6950
Plain English in Legal Writing
6    A undergraduate law degree, completed legal studies as part of a business or commerce degree or LAWS6252

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1b
LAWS6873
Principles of Intellectual Property
6    N LAWS3480, LAWS3479, LAWS5180, LAWS5179, LAWS6854 and students who have previously completed an equivalent undergraduate or postgraduate unit in intellectual property


This unit replaced LAWS6873 Intellectual Property: Principles and Context (formerly LAWS6854 Introduction to Intellectual Property).
Int July
LAWS6257
Public Policy
6    N LAWS6139, LAWS6042, LAWS6113


Core unit for MALP students.
Int Sept
LAWS6317
Regulation of Corporate Crime
6    A It is recommended that students have some knowledge of corporate law and criminal law and procedure, or have had practical experience in these areas
Int May
LAWS6962
Regulation of Fin Products and Services

This unit of study is not available in2014

6   

This unit replaced LAWS6962 Retail Financial Services and Products.
Int October
LAWS6247
Securities and Markets Regulation
6    A law degree with good background in Australian corporate law


This unit replaced LAWS6247 Australian Financial Services Regulation.
Int January
LAWS6957
Shareholders' Remedies
6    A law degree with good background in Australian corporate law
Int January
LAWS6008
Takeovers and Reconstructions
6    A presumption of law degree with corporate law knowledge
Semester 1
LAWS6965
Tax Avoidance and Anti-Avoidance
6      Int Sept
LAWS6107
Tax Litigation
6      Int April
LAWS6840
Tax of Business and Investment Income A
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Int March, Semester 1a

Int March
Semester 1
Semester 1a
LAWS6841
Tax of Business and Investment Income B
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Int August, Semester 2a

Int August
Semester 2
Semester 2a
LAWS6177
Tax Treaties
6      Int May
LAWS6946
Tax Treaties Special Issues
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment in the following sessions:Int June

Int June
Int November
LAWS6127
Taxation & Regulation of Superannuation
6    N LAWS6213
Semester 1
LAWS6125
Taxation of Corporate Finance
6      Semester 1
LAWS6244
Taxation of Corporate Groups
6      Semester 2
LAWS6906
Taxation of Financial Products
6      Int August
LAWS6892
Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions
6    C LAWS6030
Int Sept
LAWS6118
Taxation of Partnerships and Trusts
6      Int Sept
LAWS6976
The Causation Element
6      Int May
LAWS6123
Transfer Pricing in International Tax
6      Int May
LAWS6109
UK International Taxation
6      Int August
LAWS6844
US Corporate Law
6      Int February
LAWS6171
US International Taxation
6      Int May
LAWS6315
White Collar and Corporate Crime
6      Int October

Course rules

 

Master of Business Law


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

JC032

Master of Business Law

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full-time or part-time according to candidate choice.

3 Master's type

The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's degree, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

4 Embedded courses in this sequence

(1)
The embedded courses in this sequence are:
(a)
the Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law or the Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law or the Graduate Diploma in International Business Law or the Graduate Diploma in Taxation
(b)
the Master of Business Law
(2)
Provided that candidates satisfy the admission requirements for each stage, a candidate may progress to the award of any of the courses in this sequence. Only the longer award completed will be conferred.

5 Admission to candidature

(1)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria.
(2)
Admission to the degree requires:
(a)
a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit average from the University of Sydney in commerce, economics, law or other appropriate discipline as determined by the Faculty, or an equivalent qualification; or
(b)
a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; and the applicant provides evidence of professional experience or of a period of service (normally of several years in duration) which in the opinion of the Dean adequately prepares the applicant to undertake the course of study; or
(c)
completion of the requirements of an embedded graduate diploma with a minimum credit average, or an equivalent qualification.

6 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the tables of units of study for the Master of Business Law. To qualify for the award of the Master of Business Law, a candidate must complete 48 credit points comprising:
(a)
6 credit points of core units of study and 42 credit points of elective units of study, for candidates without a law degree; or
(b)
48 credit points of elective units of study, for candidates with a law background.

7 Course transfer

A candidate for the master's degree may elect to discontinue study and graduate with the shorter award from this embedded sequence, with the approval of the Dean, and provided the requirements of the shorter award have been met.

8 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature on or after 1 January 2011.
(2)
Students who commenced prior to 1 January 2011 will complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January 2016. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.