Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Sydney Law School’s commercial law program is one of immense array, which not only caters for the needs of modern commercial practice but also provides considerable scope to pursue specialised interests. The Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law (GradDipCommLaw) enables you to sample units delivered on a semester-length or intensive basis.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- LAWS6008 - Takeovers and Reconstructions
- LAWS6014 - Advanced Financing Techniques
- LAWS6037 - International Import/Export Laws
- LAWS6046 - Equity Financing
- LAWS6059 - International Business Law
- LAWS6060 - International Commercial Arbitration
- LAWS6100 - Corporate Fundraising
- LAWS6138 - Internatl Fin Transactions: Law & Prac
- LAWS6140 - Corp Soc Responsibility: Theory/Pol
- LAWS6159 - Insolvency Law
- LAWS6160 - Copyright and Copyright Industries
- LAWS6169 - Capital Gains Tax
- LAWS6222 - Corporate Governance
- LAWS6227 - Consumer Contracts and Product Defects
- LAWS6247 - Securities and Markets Regulation
- LAWS6250 - Controlling Liability by Contract
- LAWS6264 - Compliance: Financial Services Industry
- LAWS6307 - Expert Evidence & Class Action Procedure
- LAWS6310 - Advanced Competition Law
- LAWS6313 - Law of Not-for-Profits
- LAWS6315 - White Collar and Corporate Crime
- LAWS6317 - Regulation of Corporate Crime
- LAWS6318 - Corporate Innovation and Abuse
- LAWS6319 - Fund of the Board & Directors' Duties
- LAWS6810 - Fundamentals of Corporate Law
- LAWS6824 - Commercial Conflict of Laws
- LAWS6838 - Competition Law
- LAWS6844 - US Corporate Law
- LAWS6859 - Law of Agency
- LAWS6873 - Principles of Intellectual Property
- LAWS6879 - Japanese Law
- LAWS6882 - Insurance Contract Law
- LAWS6900 - Comparative Admiralty and Maritime Law
- LAWS6903 - Interpreting Commercial Contracts
- LAWS6912 - Fundamentals of the Law of Trusts
- LAWS6916 - International Investment Law
- LAWS6932 - Law and Investment in Asia
- LAWS6933 - Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
- LAWS6944 - Regulation of Mkt Manipulation & Abuse
- LAWS6947 - Advanced Obligations and Remedies
- LAWS6950 - Plain English in Legal Writing
- LAWS6953 - Law of Asset Protection
- LAWS6955 - Fundamentals of Finance Law
- LAWS6956 - Personal Property Securities
- LAWS6957 - Shareholders' Remedies
- LAWS6976 - The Causation Element
- LAWS6982 - Law of Economic Integration in the EU
- LAWS6987 - Fundamentals of Commercial Law
- LAWS6997 - Cross-Border Deals
Further course information
Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law candidates complete 24 credit points, which is equivalent to 4 units of study. Students are able to choose units of study from a wide range of relevant electives on offer.
Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.
Course outcomes and further study
The Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law (GradDipCommLaw) is designed for legal practitioners and law graduates who wish to upgrade their undergraduate qualification(s) for the purposes of career advancement within the field of commercial law.
Sydney Law School offers Professional Development seminars, courses and units of study in a range of subjects and modes, including intensive programs, seminar series and individual evening presentations. Seminars, courses and postgraduate units of study are available to anyone with an interest in the area of study.
Continuing Legal Education is a requirement of the Law Society of New South Wales. Practising solicitors are required to obtain 10 units of MCLE annually in order to maintain registration as a legal practitioner. Continuing Professional Development is also a requirement of the New South Wales Bar Association. Barristers are required to accrue 10 points each practising certificate year. Seminars, courses and units of study offered under Sydney Law School’s LPD Program meet the necessary requirements of both the Law Society of New South Wales and the New South Wales Bar Association in relation to their individual members.
Sydney Law School is a major international centre for legal research. The faculty has internationally renowned academic staff members whose expertise range across a wide variety of fields. The faculty also has the largest postgraduate research program in Australia with more than 100 research students, many from interstate or overseas, currently enrolled in doctoral or masters programs. Sydney Law School offers four higher degrees by research: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Juridical Studies (SJD), Master of Laws by research (LLM) and Master of Criminology by research (MCrim).
Other study options
Participants in our Single Unit Enrolment (SUE) program are able to audit postgraduate units of study, attending lectures and receiving copies of lecture notes. SUE students do not undertake assignments or examinations. Courses are offered by one of two methods, either attendance one night per week for 13 weeks, or by intensive mode. Courses offered as intensive units are normally conducted over four or five days. Courses are worth 24 MCLE/CPD points unless advertised otherwise. Individual units of study within the program may be undertaken by suitably qualified candidates who do not wish to commit to the study of an award course. Non-award candidates are students of the University; on satisfactory completion of unit of study requirements, candidates receive an academic transcript showing the details of the unit or units of study undertaken, with results and grades. Subject to approval, completed non-award study may be credited to an award course. You may undertake units in postgraduate programs in other faculties at the University of Sydney or at other universities subject to approval by the Associate Dean (Postgraduate Coursework) on a cross-institutional basis. A formal application, detailing the academic content, attendance and assessment requirements of the unit(s) proposed to be completed should be made to the Law School first before applying to the other faculty or institution. If you are from another institution, you can also apply to study units at Sydney Law School upon approval from your home institution and the Law School.
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria.
Admission to the course requires a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of October. On-time applications for the July Semester close on the last working day in April. Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.