LAWS6810 - Fundamentals of Corporate Law

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 directors’ 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 Shareholders’ Remedies.

Note: This unit replaced LAWS6810 Introductory Corporate Law.


  • General Class Participation and Specified Seminar Discussions (20%)
  • Class Quiz (20%)
  • Take-Home Exam (60%)


Prohibitions: LAWS2003, LAWS2014, LAWS5014, CLAW2001, CLAW2201, CLAW6002 or equivalent unit


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


Semester 1 Intensive
2, 3 & 9, 10 April 2014

The timetable is subject to frequent changes. Please refer to the latest version of the Postgraduate Timetable.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

You can credit this unit towards Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Units of study that are part of Sydney Law School’s Postgraduate Program meet the necessary Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) of the Law Society of New South Wales and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the New South Wales Bar Association. You may complete this unit of study by enrolling on a non-degree basis or on an audit basis only with no assessment via Single Unit Study.

Courses this unit is available in

Master of Laws | Master of Global Law | Master of Business Law | Graduate Diploma in Law | Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law | Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law | Graduate Diploma in International Business Law