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.
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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.
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.
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.
|ATTENDANCE||CREDIT POINTS (CP) PER SEMESTER||MAXIMUM
(from first enrolment)
|FULL-TIME||18-24 CP||3 YEARS*|
|PART-TIME||max 12 CP||3 YEARS*|
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.
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.