Law of Commerce

LAW20019 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours Face to Face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

11 Mar 24 - 9 Jun 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
24 Mar 24

5 Apr 24

Last withdraw without fail:
26 Apr 24

4 Nov 24 - 9 Feb 25

4 Mar 25

Last self enrolment:
17 Nov 24

29 Nov 24

Last withdraw without fail:
27 Dec 24


100 Credit Points that must be completed before undertaking this unit.
Anti-requisite (Unit similar in content)
LAW10007 Contract Law
LAW20004 Company Law 


Anti-requisites :
Completion of a unit that is very similar in content or the content overlaps with another unit.

Aims and objectives

This unit enables students to gain an understanding of the law applicable to contracts and companies that are employed in the modern business environment. In particular, the primary focus is on the contracting activities and its repercussions relating to businesses and entrepreneurial activities. The operations of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) which regulate the activities of companies, company officers and shareholders also take significance in this unit.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Analyse and apply a range of legal concepts relating to corporate (including an understanding of the business structures) and contract law, drawing both from common law and statute law
2. Generate a range of solutions from case law drawing on analysis and interpretation of the Corporations Act 2001, the common law and other related state and commonwealth legislations
3. Apply critical thinking and analytical skills when applying legal concepts and principles in the conduct of
businesses and entrepreneurial activities
4. Construct coherent and logical legal arguments and communicate them effectively.

Courses with unit

Students enrolling in the Bachelor of Business with an Accounting Major must also complete this unit for CA/CPA accreditation.