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LAWS13-562: Legal Drafting and Conveyancing


Legal Drafting and Conveyancing is an elective subject in undergraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject provides an introduction to the elements of legal drafting and the principles of residential property conveyancing in Queensland. Drafting - Issues to be considered include questions of style, legalese and plain English, drafting of statutes, wills and contracts and computer-aided drafting. Conveyancing - The Standard Land Contract in Queensland is examined and the basic concepts inherent in contracts for the sale of land are dealt with. This subject is compulsory for students seeking admission in Western Australia, and recommended for those seeking admission in Malaysia.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • September 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • September 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,260
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,400

Learning outcomes

1. Understand the principles of plain English drafting. 2. Development of practical legal drafting skills. 3. Understand and be familiar with the specific legal principles that apply to Queensland residential conveyancing. 4. Understand and be familiar with the REIQ Contract for Houses and Land (current ed). 5. Be able to engage in discussion regarding contractual terms, legislation and areas of reform.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

Students must be admitted into a Bachelor law degree or Bachelor of Laws combined degree or be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens17/07/2022
Semester start12/09/2022
Subject start12/09/2022
Cancellation 1?26/09/2022
Cancellation 2?03/10/2022
Last enrolment25/09/2022
Withdraw – Financial?08/10/2022
Withdraw – Academic?29/10/2022
Teaching census?07/10/2022