Graduate Certificate in Operational Commercial Law

This program will not be offered for 2021.

Gain specialised legal insight

How do the rules of commercial and contract law apply to military and policing operations in Australia and overseas? This is a field fraught with extraordinary practical realities and challenges.

Our Graduate Certificate in Operational Commercial Law builds specialised knowledge and skills for navigating these complex legal environments.

What will you do?

This 6-month degree incorporates online, face-to-face and intensive seminar classes. You will:

  • analyse 'best-practice' principles for military operations
  • learn how laws intersect with relevant government policies
  • explore ethical and intercultural considerations
  • undertake a research dissertation on an area of operational commercial law
  • pursue electives aligned with your interests and career goals.

Where could it take you?

You might be a military lawyer. You could advise on government policy. Perhaps you’ll pursue a career working with the Australian Federal Police. 

Please contact the Program Coordinator for course enquiries. For the latest information on the future running of this program contact the Adelaide Law School:

Note: This program is available to domestic applicants only.

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

Deferment Yes - 2 year
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

How to Apply
Apply through SATAC:

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

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


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.


Potential careers

Contract Manager, Procurement

Degree Structure

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Operational Commercial Law, the student must complete satisfactorily:

  • the core course 'Operational Commercial Law' (3 units)
  • a research dissertation of not longer than 6,000 words (3 units)
  • elective courses to the value of 6 units from the list of Law courses.

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.


The GDLP refined my ability to assess any real situation and-in an engaging, collaborative, thoughtful and respectful manner-articulate the problem, identify the issues, outline the options and recommend a preferred solution: a critical and strategic approach that will help you achieve success in legal practice and outside of it.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021