• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Radhika Chaudhri
  • Mode of delivery Online
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2018
    Winter Session 2018
    See Future Offerings

This is the seventh compulsory course in the Juris Doctor online (JDO) and the second course in the Equity & Trusts and Corporations Law 'cluster'.

This paired cluster follows the broad trajectory of exploring the institutions, obligations and remedies that are particular to Equity and corporate law. Corporate law has many of its origins grounded in equitable doctrines, principles and remedies, but the connection extends beyond an historical account. While there are features unique to Equity that have been displaced by statutory provisions within the Corporations Act, and not all equitable doctrines and remedies attach to corporate law, the corporation is an ideal vehicle through which Equity can be explored and highlighted to the students within a problem-based framework.

The dominant (but non-exclusive) theme in this cluster is an exploration of the corporation and the trust as institutions and the obligations that attach to their administration - with a particular emphasis on the fiduciary obligations of directors, trustees and corporate agents. Through these, equitable obligations are brought to life through problem based learning exploring the drafting of trust deeds, considering the suitability of each institution within a particular commercial or not-for-profit framework, and advising a board of directors or trustees in light of the obligations that each owe to their respective institutions. Students will be expected to build on knowledge gained in earlier clusters, particularly (Property Law & Contracts) by applying rules of construction, together with an understanding of property rights in order to secure the most appropriate outcome in a particular scenario.
The study of Equity & Trusts and Corporations Law will give students the opportunity to critically evaluate principles of ethical legal practice, and to further their examination of concepts of justice in law.
A capstone experience in each course will focus on developing students' skills and understanding of ethics and corporate social responsibility, together with an appreciation of the historical underpinning of Equity and the corporation.
This cluster is designed to equip students with an appropriate understanding of, and competence in, equity (including trusts), company law, ethics and professional responsibility.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the conclusion of this course, students who have successfully completed all of the requirements will have the knowledge, skills and professional values to:
• Apply an advanced and integrated knowledge of relevant legal principles and concepts in equity and corporations law in the context of: the Australian legal system; the broader contexts within which legal issues arise; the principles and values of justice and of ethical practice in lawyer's roles; and contemporary developments in law and its professional practice.
• Critically evaluate historical and theoretical principles, concepts and debates concerning the material studied in the course; and how these principles and debates have influenced the nature of the laws of equity, trusts and corporations and contemporary developments.
• Integrate previous knowledge gained in the program in the context of equity and corporations, with an emphasis on the ethical dimensions of legal practice.
• Identify and reflect on the exercise professional ethical judgement to respond to issues of conflict of interest, confidentiality and fiduciary obligations.
• Apply advanced research skills, principles and methods to locate, interpret, evaluate, synthesise and communicate relevant and credible information in law and other disciplines, with a particular focus on social and economic dimensions, citing that information using appropriate conventions.
• Independently and in effective collaboration with others, apply research skills, legal reasoning, legal technical skills, critical analysis and the principles of relevant law to solve legal problems and justify responses.
• Select and apply appropriate approaches to communicate clearly and persuasively with legal and non-legal audiences, including fluently engaging in oral argument and advocacy, demonstrating the ability to respond and adapt to developing arguments.
• Identify, analyse and reflect on cognitive biases and blind spots and how these can affect ethical decision making and action and personal/professional development.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment in this course may include: assessing online participation; assessing collaboration; case presentation; case notes; short essays; research essays; assignments; problem style essays; capstone report; examination; portfolio submission; oral assessment.  Details will be made available in Wattle, the ANU online learning management system.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


The JD Online is an online law degree, offered in trimesters.  Each compulsory course has been designed as an 8-unit course, allowing part-time students to complete 24 units each year. Because trimesters are shorter than semesters, online students in the JD Online are expected to dedicate more active learning time (including private study) per week than on-campus students.  

The ANU workload expectation of a student in a standard 6-unit course is 130 hours over a semester (10 hours per week).  By contrast the ANU workload expectation of a JD Online student in an 8-unit course is 176 hours over 11 weeks (16 hours per week).

This includes active online engagement and collaboration as well as personal study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed LAWS8706.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
8 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

8.00 0.16667
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4880
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $6880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5683 07 May 2018 25 May 2018 25 May 2018 13 Jul 2018 Online N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6754 27 Aug 2018 27 Aug 2018 14 Sep 2018 02 Nov 2018 Online N/A

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