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Start-Up Law (LAWS90108)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeLAWS90108
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This subject will provide students with the legal skills to advise start-up companies on the legal issues they are likely to face in their formative years. The subject will cover the substantive law relevant to the particular circumstances of a start-up, including tax, intellectual property, privacy, corporations law, consumer protection and employment law. It will also provide students with the opportunity to develop the specialist practical skills used in advising start up companies.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete this subject will have developed specialised skills in advising and assisting start-up companies on the law relevant to their creation and growth.

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills:

  • The ability to identify the legal issues relevant to the inception of a start-up;
  • The ability to understand and apply the different approaches to structuring a start-up and the advantages and disadvantages of the various structuring options;
  • The ability to review and critique the principal agreements to be executed by start-ups, including Non Disclosure Agreements, Terms Sheets, Shareholders Agreements, employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, technology licences and funding agreements; and
  • The ability to engage in and advise on approaches to drafting these documents, the appropriate use of precedents and approaches to reviewing and responding to draft documents prepared by other lawyers.

Last updated: 19 October 2018