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.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 1 Teaching Period 3

14 Mar 22 - 12 Jun 22

5 Jul 22

Last self enrolment:
27 Mar 22

8 Apr 22

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Apr 22

7 Nov 22 - 5 Feb 23

28 Feb 23

Last self enrolment:
20 Nov 22

2 Dec 22

Last withdraw without fail:
23 Dec 22


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.