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Graduate Diploma in Law (International and Comparative Law)

Course code: 2790 ~ Course abbreviation: GDipLaw(IntCompLaw) ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Law

Study mode and course location

On campus (Melbourne city)

Course description

This course caters for the needs of graduates who want to pursue an international career in law and law-related work. It is especially suited to lawyers whose practice exposes them to commercial law, human rights and international law; and non-lawyers working in NGOs, government and industry who are interested in how the international legal framework impacts upon their work. It also increases the range of options for law graduates who wish to undertake a postgraduate qualification.

Course objectives

The Graduate Diploma in Law (International and Comparative Law) aims to provide further education in the legal profession to students who want to upgrade their knowledge of international and comparative law. It may also contribute to continuing legal education and professional development. The course, in terms of course structure, teaching methods, class times and venues, is designed with the interests of part-time students particularly in mind.

Course structure

This course comprises eight coursework units, each worth six points. Candidates may be given credit for up to four units for prior learning. Candidates who do not have an undergraduate law degree, or candidates who have a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction, must complete LAW7212 (Australian legal system). Candidates who are not granted credit must complete eight units.

Course requirements

Students must choose at least three units in the international and comparative law specialisation, although candidates who are admitted without advanced standing must complete a minimum of five units from this area of specialisation. For further information regarding the core units and other available units, refer to the website at

Contact details

Postgraduate program coordinator LLM, telephone +61 3 9641 6206, email or visit