Graduate Certificate in Business Law

2022 course information for Domestic Students
2022 course information for International Students

updated 6:02 AM on Sat, 9 October

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Duration
8 months part-time
1 year part-time
Location
SCU Online
SCU Online
Start date
January, March, May, July, August, October
January, February, April, June, August, October
Course code
1008120
Course abbreviation
GradCertBusLaw
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
CRICOS
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Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

There is a growing demand across law and a range of professions for graduates with a deeper understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks in which they operate, in particular enhanced knowledge in business law.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Law gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in specific areas that include tax, competition, consumer, intellectual property, global business and corporate governance law. The course is ideal both for recent graduates who wish to increase their employment prospects and professionals wishing to extend their skills.

This postgraduate course is delivered completely online, with great flexibility to fit around work and personal commitments.

There is a growing demand across law and a range of professions for graduates with a deeper understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks in which they operate, in particular enhanced knowledge in business law.

The Graduate Certificate in Business Law gives you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in specific areas that include tax, competition, consumer, intellectual property, global business and corporate governance law. The course is ideal both for recent graduates who wish to increase their employment prospects and professionals wishing to extend their skills.

This postgraduate course is delivered completely online, with great flexibility to fit around work and personal commitments.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

A Bachelor degree in any discipline, or equivalent

Or

Candidature in the Master of Laws (Business Law) or the Master of Business Law.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

About the course

Students choose four of the following electives:

  • Global Business Law
  • Competition Law
  • Tax Law
  • Advanced Property Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Litigation and Corporations
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • The Law of Corporate Governance
  • Advanced Intellectual Property Law
  • Advanced Contract Law.

Note: Students without an equivalent Bachelor of Laws degree complete a core unit in Legal Institutions and Processes and three electives.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
SCU OnlineSummer Term, Term  1, Term  2, Term  3, Term  4, Term  5

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
SCU OnlineSummer Term, Term  1, Term  2, Term  3, Term  4, Term  5$14,000 ($3,500 per unit)N/A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

demonstrate ability to critically analyse, assess and synthesise complex information, problems, and concepts and apply legal reasoning and research to legal and policy issues

apply legal reasoning, critical analysis and creative skills to to complex legal problems and policy in selected areas of law

demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability and integrate ethical principles into practice

apply expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills that to interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences

demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship

communicate knowledge, skills and concepts effectively with clients and others in interprofessional contexts

an expert understanding in selected areas of law from a variety of historical and theoretical perspectives that is informed by cultural awareness and cultural competence


Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

Graduates with enhanced knowledge and skills in commercial and corporate law are sought after in a range of industries, in government and non-government organisations and the private sector.

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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Business Law students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising either 1 core unit and 3 law electives if the candidate does not possess a Bachelor degree in law (LLB, JD, or equivalent) or any four elective units if the candidate possesses a Bachelor degree in law (LLB, JD, or equivalent).


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

If admitted without a Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB or equivalent) LAWS6001 Legal Institutions and Processes must be completed prior to commencing any other unit in the Schedule. If admitted with a Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB or equivalent) LAWS6001 Legal Institutions and Processes should not be undertaken.
LAWS6001Legal Institutions and Processes

Elective units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
LAWS6003Global Business Law
LAWS6008Competition Law
LAWS6010Tax Law
LAWS6005Advanced Property Law
LAWS6007Consumer Law
LAWS6004Litigation and Corporations
LAWS6002Advanced Legal Research
LAWS6009The Law of Corporate Governance
LAWS6006Advanced Intellectual Property Law
LAWS6013Advanced Contract Law


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

LAWS6001Legal Institutions and Processes
Summer Term
Term1,2,3,4,5
LocationDomesticInternational
SCU Online
Summer Term
Term1,2,3,4,5
Summer Term
Term1,2,3,4,5
Law Elective
Law Elective
Law Elective

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete the following units to satisfy the Requirements of the Award

Law Elective
Law Elective
Law Elective
Law Elective


Unit groups

Law Elective

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
LAWS6003Global Business Law
LAWS6008Competition Law
LAWS6010Tax Law
LAWS6005Advanced Property Law
LAWS6007Consumer Law
LAWS6004Litigation and Corporations
LAWS6002Advanced Legal Research
LAWS6009The Law of Corporate Governance
LAWS6006Advanced Intellectual Property Law
LAWS6013Advanced Contract Law

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