Graduate Diploma in Law | Law

Graduate Diploma in Law

Program code: 
Units of credit: 
36 uoc
No. of courses: 
6 courses
Full time or part time
Semester start: 
Semester 1 & Semester 2
Additional entry requirements: 
LLB or equivalent
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Program overview

The Graduate Diploma in Law by coursework offers law graduates the opportunity of advanced graduate study in law either generally or within specialised areas without undertaking a full Master of Laws degree.

There is no difference between the Grad Dip Law and the LLM by coursework in terms of the content and depth with which particular courses are studied - the Grad Dip Law merely requires completion of fewer courses. Courses combine a degree of sophistication or technical difficulty in terms of legal content with a substantial consideration of relevant interdisciplinary aspects of the course matter and a focus on policy.

Students may undertake study incorporating a major sequence in any one of the following specialist areas: Corporate & Commercial LawCorporate, Commercial & TaxationCriminal Justice & CriminologyDispute ResolutionEnvironmental LawHuman Rights & Social JusticeInnovation LawInternational Business & Economic LawInternational LawMedia & Technology LawTaxation.

Program structure

Students who elect to complete a major sequence of courses in a specialist area will be required to obtain no less than 24 of the 36 units of credit required for the award of the degree from the courses allocated to that specialisation.

International students are required to enrol in the course Australian Legal System in their first semester. Some students may be exempt from this course because of their academic and professional background.

Visit UNSW Online Handbook for further information.

Did you know?

  • Choose to specialise or complete a generalist LLM.
  • Study at CBD and Kensington campuses, choosing from day, evening or intensive study options.
  • Undertake an overseas short course in New York, Shanghai, or Vanuatu.
  • Go on exchange to the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Gain practical experience with the South Africa Human Rights Clinic or a Human Rights Internship.
  • Undertake a research thesis.
  • If you are an overseas student from a non-common law background you can undertake our Australian Legal System course, specially designed with you in mind.