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 title
Graduate Diploma in Law
Award abbreviation
GradDipLaw
Course code
20320
Course type
postgraduate diploma
Status
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
026880D

Course details

Intake periods
Throughout the year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
24
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
0.5 years
Time limit
2 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Director of Higher Degrees (Coursework)
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Enquiries and course advice

Course advice
Arts and Law Student Office
6488 2091
askUWA

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

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020; 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 2021 or 2022.

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

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/ALAWS5114International Environmental Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
N/ALAWS5117Advanced Evidence and Proof
Prerequisites:
For Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics); for all other students: LAWS3310 Evidence
Incompatibility:
LAWS3327 Advanced Evidence and Proof
S2LAWS5118Family Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics); for all other postgraduate students: approval must be given by the unit coordinator to take this unit
Incompatibility:
LAWS3376 Introduction to Family Law, LAWS3377 Advanced Family Law (or equivalents)
3 hours per week
N/ALAWS5128Consumer Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics)
Incompatibility:
LAWS3370 Consumer Law
4 hours per week
S2LAWS5132Income Taxation Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics)
Incompatibility:
LAWS3362 Income Taxation Law
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 5 x 2 hours
NSLAWS5135Select Topics in Insurance Law
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics Graduate Diploma in Insurance law students: LAWS5890 Insurance Claims and Dispute Resolution and LAWS5891 Principles and Practice of General Insurance Law or LAWS5892 Principles and Practice of Life Insurance Law OR a completed Law degree
Incompatibility:
LAWS3383 Insurance Law
Teaching dates for this unit are 6-9 July. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
S1LAWS5144Mining and Energy Law
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics for all other postgraduate students: students from a non-law background must seek permission from the unit coordinator
Incompatibility:
LAWS3371 Mining and Energy Law, LAWS5517 Mining Law
3 hours per week
S1LAWS5150Intellectual Property Law
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, and LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS3338 Introduction to Intellectual Property
3 hours per week
NSLAWS5152Media Law
Prerequisites:
For JD Students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics)
This unit is delivered intensively 13-17 January. Students must attend every day of the intensive period.
S1, S2LAWS5160Law Review Part 1 (0 points)
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
full-time commitment throughout the editorial and production process
S1, S2LAWS5161Law Review Part 2
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
full-time commitment throughout the editorial and production process
S2LAWS5165Public International Law
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS3354 Public International Law
seminar: up to 3 hours per week
S1LAWS5167Comparative Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS3331 Comparative Law
N/ALAWS5175Heritage Governance: from Global to Local
NSLAWS5179Law of the Sea
Teaching dates for this unit are 15-16 and 22-23 October. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
N/ALAWS5181Health Law and Policy
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics) for all other students: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS3324 Medicine and the Law
N/ALAWS5182Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS5534 Indigenous Peoples and the Law, LAWS3358 Indigenous Peoples and the Law
seminars: 3 hours per week
 LAWS5206Seniors Law and Policy
N/ALAWS5210Working with China: Business in a Socio-legal Context
NSLAWS5219International Criminal Law
Co-requisites:
for Master of International Law (coursework) (21520) and Graduate Diploma in International Law (21320) students: LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law or equivalent; for students in other courses: none
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 1,2,8,9 October. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
NSLAWS5220International Humanitarian Law
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 26-27 March and 2-3 April. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
NSLAWS5223Theories of Justice and Punishment
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Teaching dates for this unit are 28 August and 4,11,18,25 September. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
N/ALAWS5226International Human Rights Law
Co-requisites:
for Master of International Law (coursework) (21520) and Graduate Diploma in International Law (21320) students: LAWS5224 Foundations of Public International Law or equivalent; for students in other courses: none
N/ALAWS5230Aviation Law
8-12 January 2018
NSLAWS5251International Sales Law
Prerequisites:
for students from a non-law background: LAWS5250 Foundations of International Commercial Law
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 7-11 September. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
S2LAWS5254International Trade Law
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS5511 International Trade Law, LAWS6719 International Trade Law, LAWS6254 WTO Law, LAWS3319 International Trade Law
3 hours per week
N/ALAWS5305Mediation: Practice and Skills
Students must attend every day of the intensive period Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
N/ALAWS5360Employment Law
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
NSLAWS5378Government Accountability—Law and Practice
Teaching dates for this unit are 29-31 Jan and 3-4 Feb. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
NSLAWS5398Construction Law
Co-requisites:
enrolment in Master of Mining and Energy Laws (20550), Master of International Commercial Law (21510), Graduate Diploma in Mining and Energy Law (20370), Graduate Diploma in Law (20320), Master of Commercial and Resources Law (20360) or Master of Laws (20500)
Incompatibility:
LAWS5208 Oil and Gas Project Development Law
Teaching dates for this unit are 30 November - 2 December. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
S2LAWS5503Conflict of Laws
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
N/ALAWS5507International Oil and Gas Law
 LAWS5511International Trade Law
NSLAWS5517Mining Law
Incompatibility:
LAWS3371 Mining and Energy Law (formerly 200.371 Mining and Energy Law 371), LAWS5144 Mining and Energy Law
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 28-30 October Refer to the timetable website for further information.
NSLAWS5521Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 15-17 July. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
N/ALAWS5528Unjust Enrichment and Restitution
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Legal Process, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS3392 Unjust Enrichment and Restitution
NSLAWS5532Oil and Gas Agreements
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 11-13 November. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
NSLAWS5540Environmental Protection Law
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 25-26 and 28-29 May. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
N/ALAWS5541Equity Capital Markets & Securities Regulation
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students only: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics)
NSLAWS5576International Commercial Arbitration
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS3307 International Commercial Arbitration, LAWS6576 International Commercial Arbitration
Students must attend every day of the intensive period Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
NSLAWS5577Space Law, Satellites and Drones
Teaching dates for this unit are 21-24 January. Please refer to the timetable website for session times and venues. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.
NSLAWS5589Australian Oil and Gas Law
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 21-23 April. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
N/ALAWS5590Water Resources Law
Students must attend every day of the intensive period. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
N/ALAWS5591Personal Property
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
S1, S2LAWS5694Research Paper I
Prerequisites:
For Master of Public Policy or Graduate Certificate of Public Policy students without a recognised Law degree: LAWS4227 Foundations of Law and Legal Institutions.
This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.
S1, S2LAWS5695Research Paper II (12 points)
Incompatibility:
LAWS5696 Research Paper III Part 1, and LAWS5697 Research Paper III Part 2
This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.
S1, S2LAWS5696Research Paper III Part 1
Prerequisites:
Approval of unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
Students taking Part 1 in Semester 1 must take Part 2 in the following Semester 2; students taking Part 1 in Semester 2 must take Part 2 in the following Semester 1.
Incompatibility:
LAWS5695 Research Paper II
This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.
S1, S2LAWS5697Research Paper III Part 2
Prerequisites:
Students may only take this unit if they have completed LAWS5696 Research Paper III Part 1 in the previous semster.
This research unit involves unstructured contact with a supervisor throughout the semester.
N/ALAWS5813Legal Issues for Not-for-Profit Entities
Prerequisites:
for Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics); for all other students: LAWS4103 Contract (formerly LAWS5103 Contract) or equivalent Bachelor of Law unit
Students must attend every day of the intensive period. Refer to the timetable website for further information.
S1LAWS5820Legislation in Practice
Prerequisites:
Juris Doctor (JD) students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering and 30 points from: LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4107 Land Law, LAWS4108 Foundations of Public Law, LAWS5106 Legal Theory and Ethics or LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics
Incompatibility:
LAWS3320 Legislation in Practice
3 hours per week

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

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>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 100, 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;

or

(b) (i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; 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)
  • 20500 Master of Laws (48 points)
  • 20550 Master of Mining and Energy Law (48 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.