UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Graduate Diploma in Law

This postgraduate diploma is available to those with a cognitive background who wish to pursue advanced or further study in law.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleGraduate Diploma in Law
Award abbreviationGradDipLaw
Course code20320
Course typepostgraduate diploma
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Law
CRICOS code026880D
Intake periodsThroughout the year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration0.5 years
Time limit2 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Director of Higher Degrees (Coursework)
Course adviceArts and Law Student Office
6488 2091

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

Group A

N/ALAWS5110International Negotiation Practice and Skills
N/ALAWS5114International Environmental Law
N/ALAWS5117Advanced Evidence and Proof
S2LAWS5118Family Law
N/ALAWS5126Banking Law
S2LAWS5128Consumer Law
S2LAWS5132Income Taxation Law
S1LAWS5135Insurance Law
S1LAWS5144Mining and Energy Law
S1LAWS5150Intellectual Property Law
S1, S2LAWS5160Law Review Part 1 (0 points)
S1, S2LAWS5161Law Review Part 2
S1LAWS5165Public International Law
S2LAWS5167Comparative Law
N/ALAWS5175Heritage Governance: from Global to Local
N/ALAWS5178International Commercial Law
NSLAWS5179Law of the Sea
NSLAWS5181Health Law and Policy
S1LAWS5182Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law
 LAWS5206Seniors Law and Policy
N/ALAWS5208Oil and Gas Project Development Law
NSLAWS5210Working with China: Business in a Socio-legal Context
NSLAWS5211Intellectual Property and China's Innovation-based Economy
NSLAWS5212China–Australia Relations: Trade, Finance and Law
N/ALAWS5213Practical Issues with Chinese Contracts and Commercial Laws
NSLAWS5219International Criminal Law
N/ALAWS5220International Humanitarian Law
N/ALAWS5222Working with the Written Law
NSLAWS5223Theories of Justice and Punishment
NSLAWS5226International Human Rights Law
NSLAWS5229The Law Relating to Conflict - Technology and Future Challenges
NSLAWS5251International Sales Law
NSLAWS5252International Trade Financing
NSLAWS5253International Shipping Law
NSLAWS5305Mediation: Practice and Skills
N/ALAWS5306Arbitration: Practice and Skills
NSLAWS5360Employment Law
N/ALAWS5378Government Accountability—Law and Practice
S1LAWS5503Conflict of Laws
NSLAWS5507International Oil and Gas Law
 LAWS5511International Trade Law
NSLAWS5517Mining Law
NSLAWS5521Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
N/ALAWS5526Advanced Practice and Procedure
N/ALAWS5528Unjust Enrichment and Restitution
NSLAWS5532Oil and Gas Agreements
N/ALAWS5540Environmental Protection Law
N/ALAWS5541Corporate Finance and Securities Regulation
NSLAWS5576International Commercial Arbitration
NSLAWS5589Australian Oil and Gas Law
NSLAWS5590Water Resources Law
N/ALAWS5591Personal Property
S1, S2LAWS5694Research Paper I
S1, S2LAWS5695Research Paper II (12 points)
S1, S2LAWS5696Research Paper III Part 1
S1, S2LAWS5697Research Paper III Part 2
N/ALAWS5813Legal Issues for Not-for-Profit Entities
N/ALAWS5820Legislation in Practice

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 6.5.

(3) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL iBT require an overall score of at least 106, a miminum score of 28 in the Speaking section, and no other sub-score less than 26.

(4) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL Paper Based score require an overall score of at least 580 and a miminum score of 5.0 in the Essay Rating / Test of Written English (TWE).

(5) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 70 and no sub-score less than 70.

(6) Applicants presenting with the UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course require a minimum grade of Grade A (85%) in the final CELT examination, with no band less than 80%.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws, or equivalent as recognised by UWA;


(b) (i) a level and duration of education considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course; and

(ii) at least two years of relevant professional experience.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 20320 Graduate Diploma in Law (24 points)

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Part-time students, or those commencing mid-year, who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 in their first year of enrolment are assigned the progress status of 'On Probation' by the Faculty.

(2) Students other than those covered by (1) who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.