LAW4170 - Trusts - 2019

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.



Chief examiner(s)

Semester 1: Dr Susan Barkehall-Thomas
Semester 2: Dr Susan Barkehall-Thomas

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


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


LAW3111 and LAW2112


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; and
  • 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.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

  1. Quizzes: 10%
  2. Tutorial attendance and participation: 10%
  3. Written response to problem task(1000 words): 20%
  4. Final examination (2 hours and 30 minutes): 60%.

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