Faculty of Law

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.





  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


The unit introduces students to the nature and function of trusts in the modern Australian legal system. Students learn how trusts are used and learn the rules governing their existence. In particular, the rules governing the creation and administration of trusts, and the rights and obligations of parties to trusts are taught.


At the successful completion of this Unit students will be able to:

  • articulate and critically examine the role and law of trusts in in a broader commercial, social and regulatory context, the methods of creating them and the rights and obligations of parties;
  • demonstrate cognitive and creative skills and professional judgement to make reasoned and appropriate choices among alternatives and to generate appropriate responses to legal issues;
  • demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to interpret trust documents, legal conclusions and professional decisions as well as to identify, research, evaluate relevant factual, legal and policy issues;
  • communicate effectively both orally and in writing; and
  • learn and work with autonomy, accountability and professionalism.


(1) Legal interpretation In Semester test: written exercise (20%);
(2) Tutorial attendance and participation (10%);
(3) Final examination: 2 hours plus 30 mins reading and noting time (70%).

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Susan Barkehall Thomas (First Semester)
Dr Richard Joyce (Second Semester)


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:
LAW1111; LAW1114; LAW1112; LAW1113; LAW2101; LAW2102; LAW2112; LAW2111; LAW3111
For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015:
LAW1100 OR LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104