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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.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

As many units of study are taught intensively, admission and enrolment in individual units may be possible year round. 

Standard closing dates

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

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.

Refer to the University of Sydney Law School Handbook for further details regarding the award requirements.

Visit the Sydney Law School website for the most up-to-date postgraduate unit of study timetable

View unit of study descriptions using the link below. 

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.

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.

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).

Career Pathways

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

International students

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