Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law (GradDipCommLaw)

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. Specifically, the trade practices offerings involve competition law as well as the consumer protection aspects. This section is complemented by focus on the non-corporate side of the disciplines, including restitution, controlling liability in contract, intellectual property and electronic commerce. The regulatory dimension is well catered for with study on regulation of financial products, investments and markets, as well as contemporary developments such as privacy surveillance and fair information practices. It also offers candidates the opportunity to fine-tune their expertise in other areas. The corporate area of commercial law is well catered for through areas such as fundraising, corporate governance, financing, insolvency and takeovers and reconstructions. Units in international business law, commercial arbitration, trade regulation, maritime law and study in Asia Pacific legal systems meet the demands of international law.


Applications are still open. However, some units may have restricted class size and compulsory units may run early in the semester. It is strongly recommended that applicants submit their application on time to avoid disappointment. Please contact the Postgraduate Team for further details.

Please read through How to apply and ensure all relevant application documents are available to upload before applying online:

Program Co-ordinator

Professor Sheelagh McCracken

Student Administration Enquiries

Postgraduate Team

Admission requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Law (GradDipCommLaw) caters for students who hold a law degree, are interested in a graduate coursework program, but may not be interested in the Master of Laws (LLM) program.

Program structure

Candidates must complete 24 credit points chosen from a wide range of units of study in the field of commercial law. With the permission of the Law School, you may take one unit not on the list of units prescribed for the Diploma, provided it can be shown to be relevant to your course of study.

Attendance pattern

Each unit of study entails 26 contact hours. Units are offered on a semester length basis or intensive basis. Semester length units are taught once a week over 13 weeks on either a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening between 6pm and 8pm. Intensive units of study condense the 26 hours over a period of four to five days. The units are then taught between 9am and 5pm over a block period. For example, an intensive unit may be taught two consecutive days one week and then two consecutive days in a fortnight's time. All classes are held in the Law School or another Sydney CBD location.

Duration

ATTENDANCE CREDIT POINTS (CP) PER SEMESTER MAXIMUM
(from first enrolment)
FULL-TIME 18-24 CP 3 YEARS*
PART-TIME max 12 CP 3 YEARS*
*Periods of suspension, exclusion or lapsed candidature will be added to the maximum completion times except that no completion time will exceed 10 years from first enrolment. Credit will not be granted for previous studies older than 10 years at the time of first enrolment. If a student is admitted with credit, the Faculty will determine a reduced time limit for completion of the award course.

Units of study

Please note: some units of study may have pre-requisite requirements or prohibition guidelines and may not be available to those without a law degree. Please check with the Sydney Law School directly if in doubt.

Most units of study are equivalent to six credit points (one semester length); a few units are 12 credit points (full-year duration). Units worth six credit points normally involve 26 hours of classes over one semester, and are held at the Law School from 6 - 8 pm one night per week.

Some units are taught on an intensive basis. These require a full day's attendance over a period of four to five days either between semesters or during the semester, and may take place on weekdays or weekends.

Units of Study (2015)
Advanced Obligations and Remedies
Breach of Contract
Capital Gains Tax
Competition Law
Compliance: Theory & Practice in the Financial Services Industry
Contract Management
Corporate Fundraising
Corporate Governance
Corporate Innovation and Regulation
Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Policy
Cross-Border Deals
Debt Financing
Doing Business in Emerging Markets
Expert Evidence Law and Class Action Procedure
Fiduciary Duties and Conflicts of Interest
Fundamentals of Commercial Law
Fundamentals of Corporate Law
Fundamentals of Finance Law
Fundamentals of the Board and Directors' Duties
Fundamentals of the Law of Trusts
Global Energy and Resources Law
Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
Insolvency Law
Insurance Contract Law
International Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
International Contract Law
International Financial Transactions: Law and Practice
International Import/Export Laws
International Investment Law
International Payments Law
Islamic Law and Commerce
Japanese Law
Law and Investment in Asia
Law of Asset Protection
Market Manipulation and Insider Trading
Personal Property Securities
Regulation of Corporate Crime
Shareholders’ Remedies
The Causation Element
US Corporate Law
World Trade Organization - Dispute Resolution
[i] Candidates who do not have a background in Australian corporate law are encouraged to undertake Introductory Corporate Law and possibly Debt Financing or Equity Financing before taking this unit.
[ii] Candidates who do not have a background in Australian corporate law are encouraged to undertake Introductory Corporate Law before taking this unit.

Staff

One of the strengths of the program is its teaching staff, who bring a rich depth of knowledge and experience in professional law practice, teaching and research. Sydney Law School provides a base to pursue the highest standards of innovative scholarship. For further information, visit the Our People section of the website.