LAW5006 - Principles of property law - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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



Chief examiner(s)

Professor Daniel Fitzpatrick (Trimester 1)
Elyse Schachna (Trimester 2)
Professor Daniel Fitzpatrick (Trimester 3)

Quota applies

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

Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • Trimester 1 2018 (On-campus)
  • Trimester 2 2018 (On-campus)
  • Trimester 3 2018 (On-campus)


LAW5004 (for students beginning in 2015 or later) and LAW7265 or LAW5002




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Previously coded as LAW7267


The unit examines the concept and categories of real and personal property; the interface between contractual and property rights; the nature of types of property right including freehold and leasehold estates, modes of creating and transferring property rights in law and equity; possession as a source of title, and includes types of property rights in land owned by another, such as mortgages, easements, restrictive covenants and profits a prendre.


At the successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • apply interpretive techniques to synthesize property law principles from judicial decisions and legislation;
  • identify, research, evaluate and synthesize relevant factual, legal and policy issues;
  • select, analyse and apply property law principles to generate solutions appropriate to legal problems and issues;
  • engage in critical analysis and make reasoned and appropriate choices among alternatives; and
  • communicate and collaborate effectively and persuasively.


  1. Collaborative class activity requiring research, oral presentation and an individual written research memorandum:
    • 10% for presentation of oral component; and
    • 20% for written research memorandum (1500 words).
  2. Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading time): 70%

Workload requirements

Students enrolled in this unit will be provided with 36 contact hours of seminars per semester whether intensive, semi-intensive, or semester-long offering. Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a 6 credit point unit.