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MLL325 - Land Law


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Pieter Badenhorst
Cohort rule:For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only
Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 3 hour class (recordings provided) and 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week


The unit aims to familiarise students with the law relating to the creation, ownership and transfer of interests in land. It is designed to provide a thorough grounding in the statutory schemes of registration applicable in Victoria. Topics include: the definition of land and the limits of ownership; ownership and concurrent ownership of land; legal and equitable interests in land; Torrens title registration; purchasing and selling land and conveyancing; security and other interests in land including mortgages, easements and restrictive covenants; landlord and tenant.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the common law and statutory schemes relating to the creation, ownership and transfer of interests in land, including the Victorian Torrens system of land registration and the electronic conveyancing framework.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Know how to resolve priority disputes in relation to competing interests in land, and consider the effect of ownership of land by more than one person.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Use a range of legal technologies and databases to locate, evaluate and disseminate information

GLO3:Digital Literacy


Exercise critical thinking and judgment to apply the discipline knowledge and the different interests in land to factual scenarios.

GLO4: Critical thinking


Apply legal reasoning and critical analysis to generate and articulate accurate and relevant responses to authentic situations in the discipline.

GLO5: Problem solving


These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year



Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: (Group of 2 or Individual) Problem Based Research 3000 words 40% Week 7
Examination 2 hours 60% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MLL325 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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