LAWS6987 – Fundamentals of Commercial Law


  • Acquire an overview of commercial law, focusing on the broad but fundamental concept of commercial dealings.


Sources and function of commercial law; the legal basis of dealings in contract and property law; dealings by principals and agents; dealings in tangible goods through leasing and sale; dealings in intangibles such as receivables through assignment; sources and methods of financing dealings; protecting dealings through insurance; regulating dealings through statute and common law restraints; and discharging dealings through a range of common payment methods and instruments.


Semester 1 2014
Thursday evenings, 6-8pm

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


  • 1 x 3,000 Word Assignment (30%)
  • 1 x Take-Home Exam (70%)

Assumed Knowledge

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.


LAWS3400 Advanced Commercial Law

Please note: this unit replaced LAWS6987 Introduction to Commercial Law

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