Equity And Trusts

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 12 weeks
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Awarded by: RMIT University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online Equity and Trusts unit from RMIT University in partnership with Open Universities Australia provides an overview of the laws relating to equity and trusts.

The first aim of the unit is to increase your knowledge of the legal discipline. You will understand the key principles of equity and trust law, the sources of that law and the method in which it is developed. You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of key legal concepts behind current equity and trust law, and understand the framework in which commercial lawyers operate.

The second aim of this unit is to test your ability to perform legal research. You will learn how to identify and find relevant sources, extract the key points from these sources, and apply this knowledge to a legal problem to produce an accurate answer. Your ability to present these arguments, both orally and in writing, is also tested through assessments.

The third aim of this unit is to show your understanding of the professional practice of law. Your ability to use legal terminology accurately, to interview and advise clients, work within teams, present ideas effectively, and exercise judgement when presenting and working with others will all be assessed.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Must have completed the unit, Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods

AND

  • You must be accepted into the Juris Doctor

Areas of study

In this Equity and Trusts unit, the topics you will study include:

  • History and nature of equity
  • Fiduciary obligations
  • Unconscionable dealing
  • Assignments in equity
  • Estoppel
  • Equitable property rights
  • Trusts: nature and classification
  • Creation of express trusts
  • Statutory formalities
  • Certainty of intention
  • Certainty of subject-matter
  • Trusts and powers
  • Certainty of objects (trusts and powers)
  • Trustees: duties and defences
  • Trustees: rights and powers
  • Beneficiaries: rights
  • Equitable remedies

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Juris Doctor, RMIT University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This online unit from RMIT University in partnership with Open Universities Australia will provide a stepping stone for students wishing to work towards the Juris Doctor qualification. The Equity and Trusts unit will allow you to demonstrate your knowledge of this topic.

You will obtain a thorough understanding of the principles of equity and trust law as well as a broader understanding of legal concepts, values, principles, and rules. You will also understand how equity and trust law is developed and administered. You will continue to develop your skills of legal research and professional practice.

Completion of this unit will demonstrate your ability to find relevant sources relating to equity and trust law, as well as your ability to marshal these sources effectively in arguments. You will also demonstrate your ability to construct arguments, both orally and in writing, using appropriate legal terminology. For students who wish to pursue their career in law through a Juris Doctor qualification, this unit provides a comprehensive overview of equity and trust law.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Equity and Trusts from RMIT University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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