Graduate Diploma in Law (GDipLaw)

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Academic Year

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


This program is designed for those seeking a postgraduate degree in business studies with a focus in the law. The Graduate Diploma in Law will provide professionals in business and government with the chance to study challenging areas of commercial law. The program includes a range of elective courses suited to those with a particular interest in international and comparative law. Seminar style teaching is employed, with one course usually involving 24 hours of classes taught in the evening over a twelve week semester or taught intensively over weekends or a week (or more).

The Graduate Diploma in Law is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1 year.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain and apply advanced knowledge in the field of law, and undertake research in law which engages with primary and secondary legal materials.
  2. Apply principles of law to complex legal problems, and critique law from theoretical and practical perspectives.
  3. Structure and sustain concise and cohesive legal argument to a variety of audiences.
  4. Employ personal autonomy, and apply a high level of judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a professional with legal skills.
  5. Incorporate social, policy, camparative and/or interdisciplinary approaches into analysis of Law.
  6. Reflect on their abilities to perform the role of a professional with legal expertise and interact with others to do so effectively.


Condition of Enrolment

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Faculty before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Diploma in Law

There shall be a Graduate Diploma in Law.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Law, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 24 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 3 units
  2. Electives to the value of 21 units

Core Courses

  • Core Courses

    To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 3 units.

    Courses to the value of 3 units from the following:

    Subject/Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
    LAW 7177 Introduction to Australian Law 3


  • Electives

    To satisfy the requirements for Electives students must complete courses to the value of 21 units.

    Courses to the value of 21 units from the following:

    Subject/Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
    COMMLAW 7012 Business and Corporations Law 3
    COMMLAW 7013 Income Taxation (M) 3
    LAW 7007 Comparative Constitutional Law (PG) 3
    LAW 7009 Mining and Energy Law 3
    LAW 7034 Anti-discrimination Law: Practice and Theory PG 3
    LAW 7038 Law of Debtor and Creditor (PG) 3
    LAW 7040 International Environmental Law (PG) 3
    LAW 7042 AI and Technology: Legal and Security Issues 3
    LAW 7043 Corp Gov & Sec Reg:Int & Comp Perspectives PG 3
    LAW 7055 Comparative Corporate Rescue Law (PG) 3
    LAW 7056 Competition Law: Comparative Perspectives (PG) 3
    LAW 7057 Corporate Governance (PG) 3
    LAW 7059 European Union Law (PG) 3
    LAW 7061 Regulation of Work: Current Issues 3
    LAW 7062 Selected Issues in Intellectual Property Law (PG) 3
    LAW 7063 Government, Business & Regulation (PG) 3
    LAW 7064 Intellectual Property Law (PG) 3
    LAW 7065 International Commercial Arbitration (PG) 3
    LAW 7066 Private International Law(PG) 3
    LAW 7067 International Criminal Law (PG) 3
    LAW 7068 International Energy Law (PG) 3
    LAW 7070 International Commercial and Trade Law 3
    LAW 7072 Work Relationships and the Law 3
    LAW 7073 Counter Terrorism and National Security Law 3
    LAW 7074 Transitional Justice (PG) 3
    LAW 7076 International Economic Law (PG) 3
    LAW 7096 Sport Law (PG) 3
    LAW 7098 Insurance Law (PG) 3
    LAW 7099 International Trade Transactions and the Law (PG) 3
    LAW 7115 Insolvency Law 3
    LAW 7120 Human Rights: International Perspectives (PG) 3
    LAW 7122 Transnational Business & Human Rights 3
    LAW 7123 Perspectives on Property Law & Society 3
    LAW 7124 Workplace Bargaining 3
    LAW 7125 International Financial Regulation 3
    LAW 7128 Advanced Contract Law 3
    LAW 7129 International Humanitarian Law 3
    LAW 7150 European Business Law 3
    LAW 7152 International Franchising and the Law 3
    LAW 7153 Personal Property Security Law 3
    LAW 7154 Migration Law 3
    LAW 7158 Corporate Law: Selected Issues 3
    LAW 7159 Comparative Migration Law 3
    LAW 7160 Water Resources Law 3
    LAW 7162 Internet Law 3
    LAW 7163 Competition and Consumer Law 3
    LAW 7164 Criminal Law: Selected Issues 3
    LAW 7165 Cyber Security and Cyber Conflict Law 3
    LAW 7166 Company Merger and Acquisition Law 3
    LAW 7167 Legal Ethics 3
    LAW 7168 Selected Issues - Military Operations Law 3
    LAW 7170 Public International Law 3
    LAW 7171 The Law of Weaponry 3
    LAW 7172 Strategic Space Law 3
    LAW 7173 Maritime Law and Geopolitics in the Asian Region 3
    LAW 7174 Advanced Comparative Law 3
    LAW 7175 Comparative Law: Selected Issues 3
    LAW 7176 International Insolvency Law 3
    LAW 7178 Planning Law 3
    LAW 7179 Contemporary Issues in Law 3
    LAW 7181 Introduction to Environmental Law PG 3
    LAW 7187 Advanced Legal Research and Writing 3
    LAW 7190 Commercial Space Law 3
    LAW 7192 Government, Law and Policy 3
    LAW 7194 Law Research Project 3
    LAW 7195 Federal Criminal and Defence Discipline Law 3
    LAW 7196 Law of Air Warfare 3
    LAW 7197 International Humanitarian Law and Disruptive Technology 3
    LAW 7198 Nuclear Regulatory Law 3


    Any other postgraduate coursework course approved by the Program Director.