I studied this course in Semester 2, 2016. At the time the assessments were:
Class Participation- 20%
Essay Outline – 10%
Essay – 60%
Completion of 78 UOC and LAWS1091 (Business Associations)
Why did you choose this elective?
I was looking at some course outlines for electives being offered and LAWS3155 really stood out to me as something I was interested in (and willing to write a long essay about!). In law school I have studied a few cases of corporate wrongdoing and have also learnt, cursorily, about the types of responses in place to remedy and/or punish for such conduct. To me, the course seemed like an opportunity to study some types of corporate wrongdoing in greater detail and to form my own opinion on the sufficiency of the responses that our society has in place. As someone that is interested in a career in private law it also felt like this was an important course to study.
How will this course be relevant in the future?
I think this course is very relevant for anybody considering a career in private or public law. After all, you are going to learn about ‘what not to do’ and the consequences of those actions. Importantly, you also explore the morality of these breaches and why it is problematic. Of course, learning about the regulatory responses to corporate breaches can provide the context to make you a better lawyer, regardless of where and who you work for. On a less career-related note, it gives you a lot of insight into the different forms of wrongdoing, and curiously, how this is often related to upcoming technology and hence, gaps in the law! Finally, please don’t think this is a course for corporate law enthusiasts only because that would be so far from the truth!
What did you personally find most engaging?
Although it was interesting to assess the kinds of regulatory responses available, one of the most fun parts of this course was learning about what other students were writing their essays about. In the latter part of the semester students present their chosen ‘corporate wrongdoing’. You generally have the liberty to choose any form of corporate wrongdoing, so it was interesting to see what topics my peers chose, particularly since these often reflected their own personal interests and values. Although this isn’t related to the course content, the course structure and assessments also has a way of making you get to know your classmates better. For many, it was the perfect way to end yet another hectic year of law school, and for some, the end of their degrees (pizza and home-made food may or may not have been involved!).
Written by Edward Zheng