Graduate Certificate in Business Law

Want to bolster your business skills with legal expertise?  

The ability to understand, analyse and use legal information can be critical for strength and longevity in the business realm. Postgraduate law courses provide an overview of legal issues within a contemporary business context.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Certificate in Business Law caters to the needs of busy professionals. The majority of courses are taught intensively over one or two weeks and some include evening and weekend sessions. You will:

  • undertake approximately 24 hours of seminar-style classes
  • cover the foundations of Australian law through one core course
  • pursue three law electives relevant to your business sector or interests
  • build legal communication skills
  • have the opportunity to study international or comparative law.

This program may meet your needs for professional development by itself, or act as a first step towards the graduate diploma or master. It’s offered in intensive mode with intakes in late February and late July.


  • ISO 9001 Certification
  • AACSB accredited
  • Intensive teaching blocks

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC053
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent in a field other than law with at least a credit average.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GC053

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $17,500

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

Find a Scholarship.

Careers

Career Readiness

Graduates are well prepared to pursue advanced career options in business, management and many other professional fields.

Note: this degree does not provide admission to practise law. Those seeking admission to practise should refer to the Bachelor of Laws in Degree Finder.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Jury Consultant, Judicial Associate, Taxation Officer, Manager / Business Management, Auditor, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Business Management, Business Manager, Commercial and Operation Analyst, Commercialisation Manager, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, International Trade or Business Analyst

Degree Structure

  1. A foundation law course which provides the background for study:
    LAW 7177: Introduction to Australian Law (3 units)
  2. Three elective law courses (9 units)*

Catering to the needs of busy professionals, all courses are taught intensively. The majority are conducted over one or two weeks, across approximately 24 hours of seminar-style classes, with some employing evening and/or weekend sessions.

*It is possible to include courses from other disciplines within the University of Adelaide, subject to approval by the Program Coordinator.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

Example Study Plan

Indicative Study Plan
Foundation Course (3 units)
  • LAW 7177: Introduction to Australian Law

Advanced Courses (9 units)
9 units chosen from the following:

  • LAW 7034: Anti-Discrimination Law - Practice and Theory (PG)
  • LAW 7057: Corporate Governance (PG)
  • LAW 7061: Globalisation and the Legal Regulation of Work (PG)
  • LAW 7070: International Trade Law (PG)
  • LAW 7115: Insolvency Law (PG)
  • LAW 7123: Perspectives on Property and Society
  • LAW 7155: Introduction to Arbitration
  • LAW 7156: Advanced Arbitration
  • LAW 7164: Criminal Law - Selected Issues
  • LAW 7170: Public International Law
  • LAW 7174: Advanced Comparative Law
  • LAW 7178: Planning Law
  • LAW 7179: Special Topic B
  • LAW 7180: Relational Corporate Governance
  • LAW 7182: Personal Bankruptcy Law and Practice (PG)

Note: Other courses may be taken subject to the approval of the Program Coordinator

Not all courses will be offered in any one calendar year.

Testimonial

The GDLP refined my ability to assess any real situation in an engaging, collaborative, thoughtful and respectful manner.

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Last updated: Thursday, 21 Oct 2021