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LAWS4107 Land Law

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline Restricted
This unit considers in detail the Torrens System of land title registration including (1) the concept of indefeasibility of title; (2) the exceptions to indefeasibility; and (3) the nature and role of caveats and unregistered interests in the Torrens System. It explores the law regarding land transactions including mortgages, leases and easements. The unit fosters a critical and analytical approach to examining land law principles which are revealed in the case readings and in legislation. It identifies, where appropriate, ethical issues that arise in land law. It seeks to advance the core legal skills of problem solving; statutory interpretation; effective oral communication skills; and clear, concise and persuasive written legal arguments. The assessment seeks to examine these core legal skills and further provides students with the opportunity to hone their skills in case law analysis; statutory interpretation and independent learning. In addition, students participate in a reflective feedback exercise in which students are asked to reflect on an item of assessment submitted in the first semester property unit [LAWS4104 Property (formerly LAWS5104 Property)].
Students are able to (1) identify and explain the fundamental principles of Land Law in relation to:
(a) The Torrens System of land registration;
(b) The concept of indefeasibility of title and exceptions to indefeasibility;
(c) The compensation provisions and the nature and role of caveats and unregistered interests in the Torrens System;
(d) Strata Titles;
(e) Easements;
(f) Mortgages; and
(g) Leases
; (2) demonstrate a critical and analytical approach to examining Land Law principles and reading cases

; (3) apply fundamental Land Law principles, covered in outcome one, to solve hypothetical legal problems

; (4) write clear, concise and persuasive legal arguments in answering hypothetical legal problems

; (5) recognise that ethical issues arise in various areas of Land Law

; (6) demonstrate independent learning and statutory interpretation skills; and (7) demonstrate self-reflection of written work.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) self-reflective critique; (2) assignment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Penny Carruthers
Unit rules
LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4104 Property and LAWS4103 Contract
Contact hours
up to 4 hours per week
Recommended text

Moore, A. P., Grattan, S., Griggs, L., Australian Real Property Law, 7th edn: Thomson Reuters 2020

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