Course Title: Enterprise Law: Designing Legal Solutions

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Enterprise Law: Designing Legal Solutions

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Dr Aaron Lane

Course Coordinator Phone: -

Course Coordinator Email: aaron.lane@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13, Level 2

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge: Becoming a Lawyer in a Globalised World, Contract Law, Principles of Company Law


Course Description

This course introduces you to the legal needs of enterprises including technological, social enterprise start-ups. You will engage with an industry partner, generally sourced through the RMIT Activator, and using the techniques of design thinking in law analyse the legal needs of a designated start up.  You will then research and apply contractual and company law principles to address the legal needs of the start-up. You will collaborate on a presentation or “pitch” to the industry partner addressing the legal needs of the enterprise.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a simulated workplace context and where feedback from the industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

This course is based on a law firm simulation advising start ups on their legal issues.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

CLO1: Critique and assess the role of enterprises including technological, social enterprise start-ups in disrupting business and legal regulation.

CLO2: Analyse the legal needs of a start-up enterprise as part of a simulation with an industry partner and integrate industry feedback and the use of design thinking in law to meet those needs.

CLO3: Research and apply principles of contract law and company law to the contractual obligations of a start up enterprise.

CLO4: Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences; and collaborate effectively.

CLO5: Reflect on and assess personal capabilities and performance in a professional context, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.


Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve its objectives this unit requires you to participate as an active learner. You will develop your knowledge and skills through both the course materials supplied and your own self-directed research and intellectual inquiry.  You will engage in activities including reading and reflecting on key literature on legal theory and innovative justice options, engagement with specific social justice problems, and participating in group problem solving exercises and presentations. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work.


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. You will also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips; and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

For further information and preparation for Work Integrated Learning, please visit https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/work-integrated-learning

WILReady Cred for students: https://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/levels-of-study/short-courses/wil-ready


Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 30% (WIL)
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 4

Assessment Task 2: 20% (WIL)
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 50% (WIL)
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.