• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Darryn Jensen
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
    See Future Offerings

The course examines the law governing succession to property after the death of the owner.

Major topics include:

  • the nature of wills;
  • capacity to make a will, intention to make a will, undue influence, formalities for making a will and how a will is revoked and altered;
  • the interpretation of wills;
  • the administration of deceased estates;
  • how an estate is divided when there is no will; and
  • how the law protects family members against being disinherited by will.

The course concentrates on the law of New South Wales and the ACT. Occasionally, comparisons are made to the law of other Australian jurisdictions.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. State, interpret and apply the rules of succession law.
  2. Describe, analyse and critique some of the social and economic pressures that have influenced the development of succession law.
  3. Navigate the interaction between succession law and other areas of law such as contract law, property law and the law of trusts.
  4. Interpret wills and other documents which relate to succession.
  5. Conduct independent research and discuss the findings of that research in written form.

Other Information

Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Essay (2500 words) (50) [LO 2,5]
  2. Take-home exam (three hours writing time/up to 2500 words) (50) [LO 1,3,4]

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Workload

  • Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 36 hours of face to face teaching). The course will also require advanced preparation through assigned readings. In total, it is anticipated that the hours required for completion of this course (class preparation, teaching and completion of assessment) will not exceed 120 hours.
  • Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have three contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a; Bachelor of Laws (ALLB) and have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses and have completed or be completing LAWS2205 Equity & Trusts and have completed LAWS2204 Property; or Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses, and have completed or be completing LAWS2205/LAWS6205 Equity & Trusts, and have completed LAWS2204/LAWS6204 Property. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS8436 Succession.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the course. Alternatively, this information will be published in the Program course list when known.

Assumed Knowledge

A general knowledge of the law of contract, property and trusts will be assumed.

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
34
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4860
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4141 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 Online N/A

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