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Graduate Diploma in Business Law

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Overview

If you need to acquire specialist legal expertise in commercial, corporate and taxation law, then the new Graduate Diploma in Business Law can meet your professional and academic requirements.  

Designed for lawyers as well as non-lawyers, it underscores the rising significance of legal knowledge and business law proficiency among professionals in the business, finance, commercial and corporate worlds. You can select from over 70 units of study, one of the largest collections for a single degree within the University of Sydney Law School's postgraduate program.

You can start off with a number of fundamental or introductory units of study, suitable if you have no prior legal knowledge, providing you with an effective springboard to more complex units. You can also tailor the sequencing of these units to your particular needs, as well to your preferred knowledge and experience. In terms of content, you have the opportunity to undertake rigorous and challenging specialist units relevant to domestic and international tax, commercial contracts, banking and finance, insolvency, trusts, secured transactions, investment, arbitration, competition law and international transactions.

You can experience delivery of these units in weekly evening classes during semester and, throughout the year, on an intensive basis over four or five days. Intensive units are especially popular and provide an excellent opportunity to experience teaching by international visitors and give you the chance to benefit from a scholastic atmosphere away from the demands of your day to day professional life.

Specialisations

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

Graduate Diploma in Business Law candidates complete 24 credit points, which is equivalent to 4 units of study. Students are able to choose units of study from a wide range of relevant electives on offer. Students without a law degree must also complete the unit of study, Legal Reasoning & the Common Law System.

Units of Study

Assumed knowledge

Students who do not hold a law degree or equivalent from a common law jurisdiction must either have completed or be concurrently enrolled in LAWS6825 Legal Reasoning and the Common Law System prior to undertaking other law units of study.

Admission requirement

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admissions criteria. Admission to the course requires a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney; or an equivalent qualification. 

Course opportunities

If you are not ready to commit to undertaking the Master of Business Law but have an interest in studying our coursework units, you can start with a Graduate Diploma in Business Law (GradDipBusLaw), which consists of four units of study. On successful completion, you may apply for transfer to the master’s degree, which requires a further four units of study.

Professional accreditation

As part of Professional Plus+, Sydney Law School offers Professional Development seminars, courses and units of study in a range of subjects and modes, including intensive programs, seminar series and individual evening presentations. Seminars, courses and postgraduate units of study are available to anyone with an interest in the area of study. Continuing Legal Education is a requirement of the Law Society of New South Wales. Practising solicitors are required to obtain 10 units of MCLE annually in order to maintain registration as a legal practitioner. Continuing Professional Development is also a requirement of the New South Wales Bar Association. Barristers are required to accrue 10 points each practising certificate year. Seminars, courses and units of study offered under Sydney Law School's LPD Program meet the necessary requirements of both the Law Society of New South Wales and the New South Wales Bar Association in relation to their individual members. Sydney Law School's taxation units also meets the training and development requirements of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICCA).

Graduate opportunities

The Graduate Diploma in Business Law gives you advanced training in legal regulation in a business context, allowing you the opportunity to up-skill in your existing vocation or switch to a role in business regulation and policy.

Future study

You may wish to continue to the Master of Business Law which requires a further four units of study.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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