Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law (GradDipCommLaw)

The Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law will be offered to new commencing and transfer students for the last time in Semester 2 (July), 2017.
From 1 January 2018, Sydney Law School will be offering a new Graduate Diploma in Business Law

The program

The University of 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 School 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.

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