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LAWS77-573: Start-Up Law


Start-Up Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject examines the possible legal issues arising in the lifecycle of a typical emerging growth (ie new technology) start-up venture from inception to securing financing and implementing expansion plans. This course studies the legal issues, typical documentation and skills needed by an advisor to start-up ventures. It covers the theoretical framework and the legal aspects of start-up ventures, and provides exposure to legal professionals who have worked with start-ups, successful software tech/biotech/fintech companies, venture capital and angel investors. There will be transnational and global comparisons of the legal and business environments for start-up ventures.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Law
Semesters offered
  • May 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2023 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Law
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2022: $5,710
  • Commencing in 2023: $5,860

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of: (a) the start-up ecosystem in Australia and how this compares with other countries; (b) the relevant skills that professional advisors will need to counsel start-up ventures; (c) the types of legal structures for start-up ventures; including tax considerations, governance and management of start-up ventures; (d) the challenges that start-up ventures face in seeking funding, protecting intellectual property, recruiting and retaining talented employees, and expanding and developing sales channels and how those challenges can be addressed; and (e) the impact that key legal decisions and their implementation can have on start-up ventures. 2. Demonstrate the reasoning, research and communication skills to: (a) effectively provide solutions for problems and issues encountered by start-up ventures and explain those solutions coherently in both written and oral form; (b) correctly apply legal theory and principles to real-world scenarios; (c) critique, reflect upon and evaluate the impact of various laws and policies on start-up ecosystems around the world; and (d) design appropriate strategies to help clients formulate and implement their start-up venture plans. 3. Demonstrate the ability to apply the above knowledge and skills: (a) with creativity and initiative to new situations; and (b) with high level personal autonomy and accountability.

Enrolment requirements

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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.

Juris Doctor students are expected to have completed a minimum of 80 credit points of compulsory law subjects.

Restrictions: ?
  • This subject is not available to students on US Financial Aid.
  • Students on a Student Visa may be restricted from enrolment due to the mode of delivery in the chosen semester. Check the subject outline for further details.

Students must be into a Masters law degree OR LA-43040 Doctor of Legal Science (Research) 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.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens20/03/2022
Semester start16/05/2022
Subject start16/05/2022
Cancellation 1?29/05/2022
Cancellation 2?01/06/2022
Last enrolment27/05/2022
Withdraw – Financial?10/06/2022
Withdraw – Academic?26/06/2022
Teaching census?09/06/2022