Course summary

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.

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.

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

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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

Ethical practice

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

Knowledge of a discipline

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

Lifelong learning

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

Communication and social skills

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

Cultural competence

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

Course overview

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Domestic duration

8 months part-time

International duration

8 months full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
SCU Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Fee paying


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
SCU Online 1 N/A N/A

Course requirements

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

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Business Law, students must complete 4 units (48 credit points) comprising:

  1. if the candidate possesses a Bachelor degree in law (LLB, JD, or equivalent), any four law elective units (48 credit points); or
  2. if the candidate does not posses a Bachelor degree in law (LLB, JD, or equivalent),
    1. the unit Legal Institutions and Processes (12 credit points), and
    2. any 3 law elective units (36 credit points).

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Core Units

If admitted without a Bachelor Degree in Law (LLB or equivalent) LAW91100 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) LAW91100 Legal Institutions and Processes should not be undertaken.
LAW91100 - Legal Institutions and Processes Introductory

Elective units