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

Sydney Law School offers an innovative and internationally recognised program in Law & Business, and the Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law is attached to this program.

Students interested in Law & Business can choose from a wide array of units in the areas of corporate governance and regulation; corporate finance and securities law; acquisitions, restructuring and insolvency; and international business law.

The aim of the Law & Business program, including the Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law, is to equip students with the expertise necessary to practise business law in a global environment. The Law & Business program is also highly relevant to regulators and company directors.* In addition, the program offers a vibrant seminar/conference program, including many eminent Australian and international speakers.

Students undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law can select subjects from the wide range of units in the Law and Business Program. These units are taught by a distinguished and experienced group of resident, adjunct, and international faculty members. In addition to Professor Hill, resident faculty members include: Mr Fady Aoun; Professor Vivienne Bath; Associate Professor Chester Brown; Dr Olivia Dixon; Dr Salim Farrar; Professor Sheelagh McCracken; Professor Luke Nottage; Professor John Stumbles and Dr Belinda Reeve. Adjunct faculty members comprise leading experts in the business law field, including judges, barristers, solicitors and regulators.

The Director of the Law & Business program is Professor Jennifer Hill, who is a leading corporate and business law scholar. She has taught at numerous US law schools, including Vanderbilt University, Cornell and University of Virginia, and has strong international links. Jennifer is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and a Research Associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). She is also a member of the Business Law Council of Australia, Corporations Law Committee; and the Editorial Board of International Corporate Law and Financial Regulation for Cambridge University Press.

International faculty members in the 2016 Law & Business program include: Mr Ron Barusch, Wall Street Journal business law columnist and former Partner, Skadden Arps; Mr JJ de Vries Robbé, FMO (Netherlands); Associate Professor Ian Lee, University of Toronto, Canada; Professor Kent Greenfield, Boston College Law School, USA; Professor Frank Partnoy, University of San Diego, USA; and Professor Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Students undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Corporate, Securities and Finance Law, can select units to gain qualifications with respect to a range of degrees and diplomas offered by Sydney Law School. They can also enrol in single units as part of their professional development under the Legal Professional Development program (LPD).* Single unit enrolment students are not required to undertake assignments or examinations. Discounts are available for single unit enrolments, and further discounts apply for group enrolments.

* Please Note in relation to company directors undertaking courses in the Law & Business program: The Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Director Professional Development (DPD) program recognises third party provider learning that aligns with the Company Directors Corporate Governance FrameworkTM. For more information go to

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

Dr Olivia Dixon

Student Administration Enquiries

Postgraduate Team

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