Graduate Diploma in Law - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018, 2017, 2016 and more

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty


Contact details

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Admission and fees


Course progression map

L5001 (pdf)

Course type

Graduate diploma

Standard duration

1 year FT, 2 years PT

You have a maximum of 4 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Law Chambers)


Graduate Diploma in Law


The course enables graduates of law and other disciplines to develop advanced knowledge and skills for legal or professional practice or higher learning, and is a pathway for entry to a master's degree. You can focus on a specialised area or select from a broad range of electives for professional practice.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of recent developments in selected areas of law or professional practice
  2. demonstrate knowledge of legal research principles and methods appropriate to the discipline
  3. apply knowledge and reasoning skills to critically evaluate theory and practice in selected areas of law
  4. apply research skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise information, problems, concepts and theories
  5. apply cognitive skills to apply theories, knowledge and skills to selected areas of law or to new situations in legal practice or scholarship
  6. apply thinking skills to discuss complex and abstract legal ideas and theories
  7. apply communication and interpretive skills to justify arguments, methods, and conclusions to legal and lay audiences
  8. apply creative skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  9. demonstrate personal autonomy and accountability.

Credit for prior studies

You may be eligible for credit for up to 25 per cent of the course (12 credit points) for previous studies including for approved undergraduate law units, or work-based learning at an equivalent level.


The course consists of eight units. You can choose from the full range of Monash Law's postgraduate program, enabling you to individually tailor your studies to suit your interests and professional needs. You will investigate contemporary legal issues from both international and local perspectives and acquire further legal expertise, adding value in the workplace as well as providing the opportunity to hone your legal knowledge and skills and build on your existing experience.

While this course normally comprises eight coursework units, applicants holding an undergraduate degree in law may be given credit for up to four units for recognised work experience or prior learning.

Depending on your interests and motivation you can chose a program of study in which you will plan and execute a research-based project with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability. This study option can provide a pathway to doctoral studies.


The course comprises 48 points of law research and knowledge studies.

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Part A. Law research and knowledge (48 points)

You must complete 48 points of law studies from the list of master's units below.


  • Domestic students with a degree in a discipline other than law must complete LAW5080 (Australian legal system) as one of their masters electives.
  • International students and those with a law degree from a non-Australian jurisdiction must complete LAW5081 (Australian legal process and research) as one of their master's electives.

Master's units

  • LAW5080 Australian legal system*
  • LAW5081 Australian legal process and research**
  • LAW5083 Extended research
  • LAW5084 Minor thesis
  • LAW5185 Graduate research paper
  • LAW5301 Copyright
  • LAW5302Not offered in 2019 European union law and policy
  • LAW5303Not offered in 2019 Forensic family law
  • LAW5304 Overview of international human rights law
  • LAW5305Not offered in 2019 International trade law
  • LAW5306 Corporate insolvency
  • LAW5307Not offered in 2019 Occupational health and safety
  • LAW5308 Current issues in evidence
  • LAW5309 Public sector employment law
  • LAW5310 Sentencing
  • LAW5311Not offered in 2019 Takeovers
  • LAW5312 Competition law
  • LAW5313Not offered in 2019 Planning law
  • LAW5314 International environmental law
  • LAW5315 Commercial alternative dispute resolution
  • LAW5316 Trade marks and commercial designations
  • LAW5317 Principles of privacy and freedom of information
  • LAW5318Not offered in 2019 International aspects of intellectual property
  • LAW5319 Law of employee relations
  • LAW5320Not offered in 2019 Local government law
  • LAW5321 Protecting commercial innovation: Patents and trade secrets
  • LAW5322Not offered in 2019 Superannuation law and practice
  • LAW5323Not offered in 2019 Collective labour rights
  • LAW5324 Discrimination law, theory and policy
  • LAW5325Not offered in 2019 Defamation law
  • LAW5326 Comparative European legal systems
  • LAW5327Not offered in 2019 International human rights
  • LAW5328Not offered in 2019 International business transactions
  • LAW5329 Introduction to European Union law
  • LAW5330 International refugee law and practice
  • LAW5331 Comparative constitution and rights
  • LAW5332 International commercial arbitration
  • LAW5333 Comparative criminal law
  • LAW5334 Psychiatry, psychology and law
  • LAW5335Not offered in 2019 Contemporary problems in the administration of criminal justice
  • LAW5336 Law of the internet
  • LAW5337 Labour law for corporate lawyers
  • LAW5338 International humanitarian law
  • LAW5339 Technology contracts and licensing law
  • LAW5340 Intellectual property
  • LAW5341 Trade mark practice
  • LAW5342 Current issues in electronic commerce law
  • LAW5343Not offered in 2019 Privacy and surveillance: Law, policy and governance
  • LAW5344 Negotiation: Essential skills for dispute resolution
  • LAW5345Not offered in 2019 Human rights, business and the global economy
  • LAW5346Not offered in 2019 Design law and practice
  • LAW5347Not offered in 2019 Consumer policy and regulation
  • LAW5348 Indigenous rights and international law
  • LAW5349 Corporate law
  • LAW5350 Principles of taxation
  • LAW5351Not offered in 2019 Comparative competition law
  • LAW5352Not offered in 2019 Electronic workplace law
  • LAW5353 Cybercrime
  • LAW5354Not offered in 2019 International criminal justice
  • LAW5355 Advocacy: Theory and practice
  • LAW5356Not offered in 2019 Corporate and white collar crime
  • LAW5357 Corporate governance and directors' duties
  • LAW5358 Current issues in workplace law
  • LAW5359Not offered in 2019 International human rights law and women
  • LAW5360 Advanced conflict resolution skills
  • LAW5361 Foundations of regulation: Policy, principles and practice
  • LAW5362Not offered in 2019 Regulatory methods
  • LAW5363Not offered in 2019 Regulatory performance: Evaluating what works
  • LAW5364Not offered in 2019 Economic, social and cultural rights and international law
  • LAW5365 Terrorism and human rights
  • LAW5366Not offered in 2019 International banking and finance: Law and practice
  • LAW5367Not offered in 2019 Energy law, regulation and policy
  • LAW5368 Regulation of Australian water resources
  • LAW5369 World Trade Organization (WTO) law
  • LAW5370 Discrimination law and human rights at work
  • LAW5371 Protecting the rights of minorities, marginalised and vulnerable people
  • LAW5372 Principles of construction law
  • LAW5373 Comparative bills of rights
  • LAW5374Not offered in 2019 Federal labour law
  • LAW5375 Arbitration of international commercial disputes
  • LAW5376Not offered in 2019 International criminal law: Procedural and practical aspects
  • LAW5377 The use of force in international law
  • LAW5378 Comparative corporate governance
  • LAW5379 Procurement law
  • LAW5380Not offered in 2019 International human rights law and development
  • LAW5381Not offered in 2019 Human rights advocacy: Australian law and practice
  • LAW5382Not offered in 2019 Principles of environmental law
  • LAW5383Not offered in 2019 International refugee law and human rights
  • LAW5384 International investment law
  • LAW5385Not offered in 2019 Corporate finance law
  • LAW5386 Health law and human rights
  • LAW5387 Non-adversarial family and children's law
  • LAW5388Not offered in 2019 Patenting for commercialisation
  • LAW5389 The law of climate change
  • LAW5390Not offered in 2019 Workplace bargaining and agreements law
  • LAW5392 Globalisation and international economic law
  • LAW5393 Law of workforce management
  • LAW5394 Banking law
  • LAW5395 Arbitration of domestic commercial disputes
  • LAW5396 Economics of regulation
  • LAW5397 Issues in consumer policy
  • LAW5398Not offered in 2019 International labour law
  • LAW5399Not offered in 2019 Personal property securities
  • LAW5400 International trade mark law
  • LAW5402Not offered in 2019 Innovation: labour, competition and intellectual property law perspectives
  • LAW5403Not offered in 2019 International covenant on civil and political rights
  • LAW5404Not offered in 2019 Genocide and international law
  • LAW5407 Current issues in torts
  • LAW5408Not offered in 2019 Remedies in commercial disputes
  • LAW5409 Principles of family law
  • LAW5410Not offered in 2019 Collaborative practice
  • LAW5411 Advanced mediation: Skills and theory A
  • LAW5412 Advanced mediation: Skills and theory B
  • LAW5413 Legal process and professional conduct
  • LAW5414Not offered in 2019 Public international law
  • LAW5415 Domestic and international debt capital markets
  • LAW5416 Children's rights in Australian law
  • LAW5417Not offered in 2019 Children's rights in international law
  • LAW5418Not offered in 2019 Transitional justice
  • LAW5419 The law of financial transactions
  • LAW5420Not offered in 2019 Malaysian and Singaporean constitutional systems
  • LAW5421 Managing high conflict personalities in legal disputes
  • LAW5422Not offered in 2019 Victorian charter of rights and responsibilities
  • LAW5423 Private international law in commercial disputes
  • LAW5424 Human trafficking and the law
  • LAW5425Not offered in 2019 Current issues in copyright
  • LAW5426Not offered in 2019 Regulating business: Enforcement and compliance
  • LAW5427 Freedom of speech - law theory and policy
  • LAW5428Not offered in 2019 Health law
  • LAW5429Not offered in 2019 Advanced commercial negotiation skills
  • LAW5430 Advanced evidence and proof in litigation
  • LAW5431 International entertainment law
  • LAW5432 Workplace investigations and misconduct
  • LAW5433Not offered in 2019 Victims, law and mass atrocity
  • LAW5434Not offered in 2019 Principles of government law and administration
  • LAW5435Not offered in 2019 Comparative perspectives on crime and punishment
  • LAW5436Not offered in 2019 International and comparative family law
  • LAW5437Not offered in 2019 China's legal system
  • LAW5438Not offered in 2019 Current issues in sports law
  • LAW5439Not offered in 2019 Sexual and gender minorities and human rights
  • LAW5440Not offered in 2019 International commercial dispute resolution advocacy
  • LAW5441Not offered in 2019 Australian tax policy
  • LAW5442 Racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities and human rights
  • LAW5443Not offered in 2019 Language, communication and legal process
  • LAW5444Not offered in 2019 Advanced commercial contracts masterclass
  • LAW5445Not offered in 2019 Commercial equity
  • LAW5446 Comparative media law
  • LAW5447Not offered in 2019 Intellectual property and the internet
  • LAW5448 Copyright x: Monash
  • LAW5449Not offered in 2019 Advanced administrative law
  • LAW5450Not offered in 2019 Principles of succession law
  • LAW5451 Indigenous people and the law
  • LAW5452 Private investment law
  • LAW5453 Comparative international litigation
  • LAW5454Not offered in 2019 Climate governance and citizen justice
  • LAW5455 Issues in Chinese business law and civil society

Note: Not all units are offered every year.

Minimum grade for articulation

A credit average (minimum 60 per cent) is required to articulate to a relevant master's program.

Progression to further studies

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Law may provide a pathway to a law masters degree or a higher degree by research.

If you are taking this course as a pathway to doctoral studies you are advised to take the extended research or minor thesis option.