Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 2 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2014 (Day)


Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


This unit will introduce students to the fundamental principles and concepts of the law of trusts. It will examine the functions and constitution of trusts, trust property and objects and the duties of trustees.


On completion of this unit students will have:

  1. acquired the ability to identify the appropriate circumstances in which a trust should be created and to advise as to the methods by which a trust may be created
  2. acquired the ability to advise on the proper administration of trusts
  3. acquired the ability to advise on the rights of beneficiaries and on the duties of trustees in a given factual situation
  4. further developed skills in case law analysis.


Memorandum of Advice requiring students to provide comprehensive advice to a client in a factual situation involving a trust: 30%
Final Examination: 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Richard Joyce (Trimester 1)
Assoc Prof David Lindsay (Trimester 2)
Dr Vicki Vann (Trimester 3)

Workload requirements

2.5 hours per week x 12 weeks


LAW7212 or LAW7470, LAW7267, LAW7428 or LAW7265