• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law

This course is a compulsory course required for admission to legal practice. Understanding the law of property is essential for any practising lawyer. The course builds heavily on the law of contract (which you have already completed) and will lead on to other compulsory and elective courses. It is closely related to Equity and Trusts (a further compulsory course) which you will study after Property. In terms of elective courses, understanding the basic law of property is essential before you go on to study courses such as intellectual property, commercial law, succession law and Indigenous Australians and the Law.

The course provides an overview of the law governing personal and real property, emphasising the concepts of possession and title, the fragmentation of proprietary interests, and the various ways in which common law and legislation resolve disputes between competing interests. The greater part of the course is devoted to the nature, creation, acquisition, exercise, and remedies for the protection, of interests in real property (land). The course covers legal and equitable interests in land, the acquisition and transfer of such interests by purchase, gift and adverse possession, priority rules, leases, mortgages, easements, and concurrent ownership. Particular attention is paid to the Torrens system of title by registration. (Property is not a course in conveyancing, which is covered in Practical Legal Training programs.

This course meets the requirements of the Law Admissions Consultative Committee Prescribed Academic Areas of Knowledge for Property. 

This course meets the following requirements of the Law Admissions Consultative Committee Prescribed Academic Areas of Knowledge for Equity: 

  • specific performance 
  • equitable assignments 
  • equitable titles and interests 
  • equitable remedies (equitable liens)

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Synthesise, evaluate and apply the principles of property law covered in the course in order to formulate solutions to complex property law problems.
  2. Critically analyse the values and policy considerations involved in the legal regulation of property transactions, incorporating a diverse range of perspectives.
  3. Appraise the role of property law in providing tools for the myriad of property dealings for commercial and private purposes, including transfers, securing of loans, leasing land, sharing of ownership, and regulating land use.
  4. Select and apply a range of approaches to written and oral communication, and apply the critical thinking and professional judgement required to design and justify solutions to complex property law problems.
  5. Engage in legal research to formulate persuasive written arguments reflecting critically on the fundamental themes underlying and connecting policy and doctrines covered in the course, and how property has been, and can be, used as a vehicle for social change.

Indicative Assessment

  1. The proposed means of assessment for this course will provide students with at least two pieces of assessment, including one piece during the semester. More information about the means of assessment, including the relationship between the assessment and the learning outcomes of the course, will be available in the Class Summary and on the course WATTLE page. (null) [LO null]

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  • Classes offered in non-standard sessions will be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (approximately 26 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.

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Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Juris Doctor (MJD) and have completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS1204/LAWS6104 Contracts.

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.


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:
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.

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6.00 0.12500
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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
2342 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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