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 Sydney Law School of prior to enrolment
Students 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 students without a law background; or
(ii) 48 credit points of elective units of study, for students with a law background

Core Units of Study

Students 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 and the Common Law System
6    N LAWS6881


Students are recommended to enrol well in advance of classes in order to complete pre-class readings (normally available to enrolled students 3 weeks prior to the first class). Law graduates from a non-common law jurisdiction are also recommended to complete classes for this unit during the first week of their commencing semester.
Intensive April
Intensive August
Intensive March
Intensive September

2017 Elective Units of Study

LAWS6947
Advanced Obligations and Remedies
6    A Available to law graduates only

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Pre-enrolment registration is required. For further information, please visit Sydney Law School website http://sydney.edu.au/law/
Intensive July
LAWS6856
Anti-Terrorism Law
6    N CISS6011 or LAWS3483
Intensive May
LAWS6209
Australian International Taxation
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice, in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience, they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.
Semester 1
LAWS6809
Breach of Contract
6    A undergraduate law degree
Semester 1
LAWS6353
Business Crime
6      Intensive December
LAWS6169
Capital Gains Tax
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice, in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience, they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.
Intensive May
LAWS6091
Chinese International Taxation
6    A Available to students who have successfully completed an undergraduate/postgraduate unit of study in tax law.
Intensive August
LAWS6001
Chinese Laws and Chinese Legal Systems
12    A undergraduate law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction or LAWS6252
N LAWS6857 or LAWS3014 or LAWS3068 or LAWS5368

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
This unit is not available to students who have completed a law degree in the People's Republic of China. 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. Pre-enrolment registration is required. For further information, please visit Sydney Law School website http://sydney.edu.au/law/
Intensive November
LAWS6153
Comparative Corporate Taxation
6      Intensive April
LAWS6128
Comparative International Taxation
6      Intensive September
LAWS6838
Competition Law
6    A undergraduate law degree or LAWS6252
Semester 1
LAWS6264
Compliance: Financial Services Industry
6      Semester 2
LAWS6328
Contract Management
6    A undergraduate law degree or LAWS6991
Intensive August
LAWS6100
Corporate Fundraising
6    A undergraduate law degree with corporate law background
Semester 1
LAWS6222
Corporate Governance
6      Intensive February
LAWS6140
Corp Soc Responsibility: Theory/Pol
6   

Available to MLLR students who commenced after Jan 2015.
Intensive July
LAWS6030
Corporate Taxation
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice, in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience, they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.
Intensive June
Intensive May
Semester 1a
LAWS6997
Cross-Border Deals
6    A Available to law graduates only. 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.
Intensive October
LAWS6852
Doing Business in China
6    A undergraduate law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction or LAWS6252
Intensive August
LAWS6945
Doing Business in Emerging Markets
6      Intensive September
LAWS6984
Economics of Tax Policy
6    N LAWS6257
Intensive September
LAWS6307
Expert Evidence and Class Action Procedure
6    N LAWS6230 or LAWS6869


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. This unit replaced LAWS6230 Expert Evidence and LAWS6869 Class Actions and Complex Litigation.
Semester 1
LAWS6321
Fiduciary Duties and Conflicts of Interest
6    A Undergraduate knowledge of equitable principles or company law would be desirable
Intensive January
LAWS6991
Fundamentals of Contract Law
6    C LAWS6252
N LAWS1002 or LAWS1015 or LAWS2008 or LAWS5002


This unit is only available to non-law graduates who have not undertaken any previous study of contract law. Available to MLLR students who commenced after Jan 2015.
Intensive May
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.
Intensive September
LAWS6330
Fundamentals of Regulation
6   

Available to MLLR students who commenced after Jan 2015.
Intensive September
LAWS6214
Goods and Services Tax Principles A
6      Intensive March
LAWS6846
Human Rights and the Global Economy
6    N LAWS5178 or LAWS3478


Master of Law and International Development students may undertake this unit as an elective or capstone unit
Intensive September
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 undergraduate law degree with good background in Australian corporate law
N CLAW6006 or LAWS3403 or LAWS3445 or LAWS5103


This unit replaced LAWS6159 Corporate Insolvency Law.
Intensive July
LAWS6882
Insurance Contract Law
6    A undergraduate law degree or LAWS6991
Intensive September
LAWS6351
IP: Management and Disputes
6    A LAWS3480/LAWS5180 Copyright & Designs, LAWS3479/LAWS5179 Trade Marks & Patents or LAWS6873 Principles of Intellectual Property
Intensive October
LAWS6059
International Business Law
6    A LAWS6252 or law degree from a common or civil law jurisdiction
N LAWS3438, LAWS5138


Core unit for MIntBus&L students. This unit is available as one of the core units for GradDipIntBusLaw students.
Intensive September
LAWS6060
International Commercial Arbitration
6   

This is available as one of the core units for GradDipIntBusLaw students
Semester 2
LAWS6138
Internatl Fin Transactions: Law and Prac
6      Intensive March
LAWS6037
International Import/Export Laws
6      Semester 1
LAWS6916
International Investment Law
6      Intensive March
LAWS6243
International Law I
6    N LAWS1023, 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. This unit is available as one of the core units for GradDipIntBusLaw students.
Intensive March
Semester 2
LAWS6326
Interpretation of Statutes and Other Texts
6      Intensive October
LAWS6903
Interpreting Commercial Contracts
6    A undergraduate law degree
Intensive February
LAWS6825
Introduction to Australian Business Tax
6      Intensive August
Intensive March
Semester 1a
LAWS6879
Japanese Law
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Pre-enrolment registration is required. For further information, please visit Sydney Law School website http://sydney.edu.au/law/
Intensive February
LAWS6816
Labour Law in the Global Economy
6    A LAWS6252 or a law degree and LAWS6071


This unit replaced LAWS6816 Labour Law in the New Economy
Intensive July
LAWS6932
Law and Investment in Asia
6      Intensive March
LAWS6953
Law of Asset Protection
6      Intensive August
LAWS6977
Law of International Institutions
6    A LAWS6243 International Law I or equivalent unit in public international law
N GOVT6116
Intensive February
LAWS6928
Law, Justice and Development
6    N LAWS3478, LAWS5178


This unit is compulsory for MLawIntDev students.
Intensive April
LAWS6944
Market Manipulation and Insider Trading
6      Intensive October
LAWS6352
Mergers and Acquisitions in Asia
6      Intensive June
LAWS6956
Personal Property Securities
6      Intensive March
LAWS6345
Principles of Financial Regulation
6      Intensive April
LAWS6873
Principles of Intellectual Property
6    N LAWS6854 or LAWS3480 or LAWS3479 or LAWS5180 or LAWS5179


Students who have previously completed an equivalent undergraduate or postgraduate unit in intellectual property are not permitted to enrol in this unit.
Intensive July
LAWS6990
Principles of Oil and Gas Law
6   
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
MIL and GradDipIL students may enrol in either LAWS6990 Principles of Oil and Gas Law or LAWS6933 Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues, but not both. Pre-enrolment registration is required. For further information, please visit Sydney Law School website http://sydney.edu.au/law/
Intensive July
LAWS6257
Public Policy
6    N LAWS6139 or LAWS6042 or LAWS6113 or LAWS6984


Core unit for MALP students.
Intensive September
LAWS6107
Tax Litigation
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice, in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience, they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.
Intensive April
LAWS6177
Tax Treaties
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice, in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience, they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.
Intensive June
LAWS6946
Tax Treaties Special Issues
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice, in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience, they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.
Semester 2
LAWS6127
Taxation and Regulation of Superannuation
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice, in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience, they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.
N LAWS6213
Semester 1
LAWS6840
Tax of Business and Investment Income A
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice, in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience, they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.
Intensive April
Semester 1
Semester 1a
LAWS6841
Tax of Business and Investment Income B
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice, in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience, they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.
Intensive August
Semester 2
Semester 2a
LAWS6125
Taxation of Corporate Finance
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice, in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience, they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.
Semester 1
LAWS6244
Taxation of Corporate Groups
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice, in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience, they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.
Intensive October
LAWS6892
Taxation of Mergers and Acquisitions
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice, in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience, they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.
C LAWS6030
Intensive October
LAWS6129
Taxation of Offshore Operations
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice, in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience, they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.
Semester 2
LAWS6118
Taxation of Partnerships and Trusts
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice, in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience, they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.
Intensive September
LAWS6123
Transfer Pricing in International Tax
6    A It is assumed that students undertaking this unit have an understanding of Australian income taxation law commensurate with that which would be obtained from completing undergraduate study in Australian taxation law or five years working with Australian tax law in a law or accounting practice, in an industry role or in the Australian Taxation Office. For students who do not have such knowledge or work experience, they first should undertake LAWS6825 Introduction to Australian Business Tax before enrolling in this unit.
Intensive May
LAWS6109
UK International Taxation
6      Intensive September
LAWS6844
US Corporate Law
6      Intensive April
LAWS6171
US International Taxation
6      Intensive May
LAWS6063
World Trade Organization Law I
6    A limited knowledge of law of treaties
Intensive August