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Specialisation: Corporate and Commercial Law

Award(s) to which this specialisation belongs:

Corporate and Commercial Law


Macquarie Law School
Faculty of Arts

Admission Requirements:
Admission to Master of Laws or Juris Doctor
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Internal, External
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
External — Session 1 (February)
External — Session 2 (July)

This specialisation must be completed as part of an award. The general requirements for the award must be satisfied in order to graduate.

Requirements for the Specialisation:

Completion of a minimum of 16 credit points including the following prescribed units:

Credit points

800 level

International Business Transactions (4)
International Commercial Law (4)
Competition Law (4)
Commercial Law (4)
8cp from
Sustainable Corporate Governance and Financing (4)
Technology and E-Commerce Law (4)
International Trade and Finance (4)
International Business Transactions (4)
International Commercial Law (4)
Competition Law (4)
Commercial Law (4)
Intellectual Property Law (4)
Taxation Law (4)


Overview and Aims of the Program This specialisation will enable students to acquire and advanced and integrated understanding of corporate and commercial law. They will also gain specialised knowledge and skills for research and professional practice in sustainable corporate governance and financing, competition law, commercial law, the relationship between trade and environment law, technology and e-commerce law, international trade and finance, intellectual property law, and taxation law.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes In addition to achieving PLOs of either the LLM or JD, by the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of principles and their application to the specialised area of corporate commercial law (K)
2. critique the special ethical, policy and professional challenges raised by practice in the area of corporate and commercial law (E)
3. apply advanced research and problem solving skills to address contemporary challenges in the area of corporate and commercial law (T, P).
Learning and Teaching Methods The Corporate and Commercial Law specialisation has been structured to allow you to focus your general legal studies and develop specialist knowledge of corporate and commercial law.

The traditional lecture paradigm plays a small role in teaching within the specialisation with much use being made of on line delivery and blended learning. Attendance is required – but in seminar and tutorial sessions where you will be encouraged to test and critique your understanding of the subject material which you have obtained through listening to the lecture material – delivered on line, often in small modules, and following a guided reading program. Discussion and student presentations play an important role in tutorials and seminars. You will work both individually and in small groups, and be encouraged to engage with, question and debate the subject content, and consider the broader policy framework in which this specialist knowledge is located.

You will be assisted to develop a range of skills so that you can use and apply your subject knowledge in a professional context. Skill building exercises focus on the practical and include acquisition of skills in reading and interpreting case law and legislation; using these primary legal sources to solve legal problems; and developing legal research skills. These skill building exercises are supported and enhanced by the assessment activities in each subject.

The practical focus of your learning is further developed through your participation in a PACE unit, such as LAWS899 which provides an opportunity for students to engage with the legal profession and community through participation in a variety of workplace experiences.
Assessment A variety of assessment tasks are used throughout the specialisation which will test your understanding and assist you to deepen your knowledge and develop your skills. Some types of assessment are constant throughout the specialisation – tutorial and seminar attendance and participation; research essays and assignments and problem solving whereas other types of assessment are designed to reflect the particular knowledge and skills being taught in a particular subject – for example a close study of reading legislation in LAWS820 Competition Law.

Assessment is designed to do more than simply ‘test’ you and provide a mark. It also plays an important role in helping you understand how your skills are developing, and the feedback received on each assessment task will assist you to calibrate your progress and develop your understanding of the subject material and how to use it in a range of practical applications. Feedback may be received in written form, or in class discussion, or discussion with your peers.

You should expect to complete a minimum of three assessment tasks in each unit, and that these will test a variety of skills and competencies. A typical example of an assessment regime in this program would be tutorial and seminar participation; a research task and an exam based on problem solving questions. However the assessment regime will be different in every subject throughout the specialisation.

Just as your knowledge develops throughout the specialisation – with the work of later years building on the foundation laid in earlier years, so the assessment regime is scaffolded to assist you in building competencies and skills. You will be introduced to research and problem solving tasks in earlier years, and the assessment tasks will become more complex in later years, testing your developing skills. Particular skills – working with primary sources such as cases and legislation – will be developed and assessed in targeted assessments.

Assessment will require you to test and express your ideas in both oral and written form, and you will be working alone, as well as developing your ability to work with others in group projects.

Students are encouraged to consult the unit guide for each subject at the start of the semester, and throughout the course. The unit guide is more than an outline of the subject – it is a resource for students providing details of assessment tasks and criteria for assessment.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Graduates will be able to apply their expertise acquired from this specialisation in a range of professional settings across the corporate and commercial sector, as well as in professional practice relating to private industry, government regulators and business.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

For more information see

2018 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148