Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law (GradDipCorpLaw)

Sydney Law School has a strong reputation and an innovative approach in the area of corporate, securities and finance law. Postgraduate study under the Master of Laws (LLM), the Master of Business Law (MBL) and the Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law offers students a wide array of subjects in the corporate area. Courses are taught by the members of the Law School Faculty and Adjunct Faculty, which comprises eminent members of the legal community, including judges, solicitors and barristers. Course delivery is flexible, with courses run over a full semester or on an intensive basis. The program is on offer not only to legal practitioners, but also to professionals who wish to build on their experience and attain a high level of expertise in their particular area. Courses are also available on an "attendance only" basis to practitioners under the Legal Professional Development program.

The International Faculty program, which offers a number of intensive courses in international corporate, commercial and tax law each year, provides students with the opportunity to study under some of the world's finest legal scholars. Past scholars visiting under the International Faculty program included Professor Deborah DeMott (Duke University); Professor Michael Furmston (University of Bristol); Professor Geoffrey Miller (NYU; Professor Kees van Raad (Leiden University); Professor H. David Rosenbloom (NYU); Professor Richard Speidel (Northwestern University).

The Law School also conducts a Corporate Law Seminar Series, which offers a number of commercial and corporate law seminars as part of its Legal Professional Development (LPD) program. In these seminars, Australian and international legal experts present papers on contemporary developments in corporate/commercial law.

The Sydney Law School offers a specialist Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law intended for both law and non-law graduates, with knowledge or experience arising from legal practice and employment in the public sector or elsewhere, who wish to build on their experience and attain a high level of expertise in their particular profession. Entry into the diploma program will therefore be available to graduates in other related disciplines, or in special cases, to persons with a high level of professional or business experience.

Diploma students may upgrade to a Master's course of study with Faculty consent, subject to successfully completing the Diploma and meeting existing admission requirements.

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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Admission requirements

Anyone with an undergraduate qualification in law is eligible for admission. Entry into the diploma program will therefore be available to graduates in other related disciplines, or in special cases, to persons with a high level of professional or business experience. Although prior study of corporate law is not required for any of the units, if you have not previously studied Australian corporate law you may find it useful to study the unit, Introductory Corporate Law.

Program structure

Graduate Diploma students must complete 24 credit points, equivalent to four units 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.


(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.

The list below is guide only and each unit is not necessarily offered on a continuous basis.

Units of Study (2015) 
Comparative Corporate Taxation
Competition Law
Compliance: Theory & Practice in the Financial Services Industry
Corporate Fundraising
Corporate Governance
Corporate Innovation and Regulation
Corporate Social Responsibility: Theory and Policy
Corporate Taxation
Cross-Border Deals
Debt Financing
Executive Employment
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 Oil and Gas Contracts and Issues
Insolvency Law
International Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
International Financial Transactions: Law and Practice
International Import/Export Laws
International Payments Law
Japanese Law
Labour Law in the Global Economy
Law and Investment in Asia
Market Manipulation and Insider Trading
Personal Property Securities
Regulation of Corporate Crime
Shareholders’ Remedies
Taxation of Corporate Finance
US Corporate Law
World Trade Organization – Dispute Resolution