Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Real Property Law builds on and expands students' understanding of the concepts and principles of property law introduced in LAW5FPR. In this subject the focus is on property rights in relation to land. Topics include: the Torrens registration system and indefeasibility of title; the acquisition and disposition of property rights in land; leasehold estates; mortgages; easements; the resolution of conflicts between competing equitable interests in Torrens land; and the conveyancing process.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSteven Geroe

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesSeminar and online presentation.Argument development and evaluation modelled through case-study examples in seminars and online presentations.Individual student reading of cases and textbooks and seminar discussions to clarify and evaluate applications.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Sackville and Neave Australian Property Law

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorB Edgeworth et al.



PublisherLexisNexis Butterworths


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Comprehend and use the language of real property law to investigate and analyse complex problems regarding the possession and use of land.
02. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the concept of property rights in land as it operates in Australian law and effectively communicate this to specialist and non-specialist audiences
03. Reflect critically on the key legal doctrines that underpin contemporary Australian land law and the purposes and effects of such doctrines.
04. Evaluate claims made for competing property interests in land in a given fact situation, using appropriate legal doctrine and reasoning.
05. Exercise analytic skill and professional judgment in composing written legal opinions that represent an appropriate response to novel factual scenarios.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSteven Geroe

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.50 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 6.00 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Final exam (3 hours 3000 words essay equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Mid semester Assignment (2500 words essay equivalent) Submitted online

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO4, SILO5