Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law (GradDipCommLaw)

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. Units from the commercial law program may be selected as part of a general program or combined to provide a more specific specialist area such as Intellectual Property Law or Banking and Finance Law. A suite of units covering various aspects on contract law is available to lawyers. The program also offers candidates the opportunity to fine- tune their expertise in other areas. The corporate area of commercial law involves study of fundraising, corporate governance, 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.

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

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.

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. 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. The units are 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.


(from first enrolment)
*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.

Please select from the dropdown box for the units of study list:

Units of Study (2016)

Advanced Financing Techniques
Capital Gains Tax
Commercial Conflict of Laws
Commercial Trusts
Communications/Technology Regulation
Competition Law
Compliance: Theory & Practice in the Financial Services Industry
Contract Management
Contractual Damages
Controlling Liability by Contract
Corporate Governance
Corporate Innovation and Regulation
Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Policy
Cross-Border Deals
Expert Evidence Law and Class Action Procedure
Fundamentals of Commercial Law
Fundamentals of Corporate Law
Fundamentals of Regulation
Gender Inequality and Development
Global Energy and Resources Law
Global Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
Insolvency Law
Insurance Contract Law
Interaction of Tort and Contracts
International Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
International Contract Law
International Financial Transactions: Law and Practice
International Import/Export Laws #
International Insolvency Law
International Investment Law
International Sports Law
Japanese Law
Law and Investment in Asia
Law of Asset Protection
Market Manipulation and Insider Trading
Media Law in Practice
Media Law: Comparative Perspectives
Plain English in Legal Writing
Principles of Intellectual Property
Principles of Oil and Gas Law
Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice
Regulation of Corporate Crime
Securities and Markets Regulation
Shareholders’ Remedies
Takeovers and Reconstructions
US Corporate Law
World Trade Organization Law 1
[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.

Enrolment Enquiries

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.

Current Students

Please visit the Enrolment information for Master’s and Graduate Diploma students page.

Future Students

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.

Please refer to the Admission to candidature - Faculty Handbook

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

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