University of Technology Sydney

C11265v1 Graduate Certificate in Laws

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Laws (GradCertLL)
CRICOS code: 095711E (Autumn Spring); 113535G (Summer)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus


Students from a non-common law background are also required to enrol in the subject 79708 Contemporary Business Law.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent (essential) requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information


This course gives students the opportunity to build specialist legal skills in their area of professional practice, as well as theoretical and practical research capabilities as they relate to the study of the law.

The degree is highly customisable. Students complete 24 credit points of study based on their personal or professional interests, choosing from a wide range of law electives including finance, patent, insurance, human rights, copyright, family, international and common law.

Course content is delivered by a mix of practising law professionals, full-time academic staff and international visiting academics, giving students access to a wide range of expertise and perspectives on the study and practice of law. Cross-institutional study in Australia and overseas is encouraged as part of this degree.

Career options

Specialisation and development of expertise leads to careers in a range of sought-after specialist vocations in the practice of law.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 a. An advanced understanding of a complex body of legal knowledge, including the Australian legal system, impacts of historical and ongoing Anglo-Australian laws, social justice, cultural and international contexts, the principles and values of ethical practice, and contemporary developments in law and its professional practice.

b. Well-developed theoretical and professional knowledge of the law and its role in society, building on earlier legal knowledge and skills and/or practice.
2.1 a. An advanced capacity to value and promote honesty, integrity, accountability, public service and ethical standards.

b. An informed ability to recognise, reflect upon and respond to ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts in ways that evidence professional judgment, promote justice and serve the community.
3.1 a. A capacity to think critically, strategically and creatively, including an ability to identify and articulate complex legal issues, apply reasoning and research to generate appropriate theoretical and practical responses, and demonstrate advanced cognitive and creative skills in approaching complex legal issues and generating appropriate responses.

b. Identify, synthesise and articulate complex legal and technical issues and apply advanced analytical skills to identify and generate clear, succinct and novel responses in professional practice or research.
4.1 a. Well-developed cognitive and practical skills necessary to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues and demonstrate advanced intellectual and practical skills necessary to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions.

b. Research, identify and evaluate technical information, legal judgments and issues to interpret, justify, or critique propositions, conclusions and professional decisions that are underpinned by ethical research practices in professional or highly skilled work, or further learning.
5.1 a. Advanced professional communication skills including highly effective use of the English language, an ability to inform, analyse, report and persuade using an appropriate medium and message and an ability to respond respectfully.

b. Communicate accurately and appropriately with multidisciplinary audiences in a range of formats, including productive collaboration with professional teams and clients.
6.1 a. Advanced collaboration skills, including effective team work to achieve a common goal in professional or highly skilled work, or further learning.

b. Take responsibility to give feedback and to respond to feedback in a professional context, to work effectively with colleagues and other stakeholders and to resolve challenges through effective negotiation.
7.1 a. A developed understanding of Indigenous perspectives informed by a commitment to build Indigenous professional capability, to work for and with Indigenous peoples.

b. Identify and challenge the deficit narratives and biases of Anglo-Australian laws towards Indigenous Australians, particularly in relation to intellectual property and cultural rights.
8.1 a. A high level of autonomy, accountability and professionalism, the ability to implement appropriate self-management and lifelong learning strategies including initiating self-directed work and learning, judgment and responsibility, self-assessment of skills, personal wellbeing and appropriate use of feedback, and a capacity to adapt to and embrace change.

b. Evaluate and implement their own professional development and incorporate personal skills in order to work as a responsible and adaptable practitioner is a in professional or highly skilled work, or further learning.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

A relevant, appropriate first degree is the Bachelor of Laws or equivalent, or higher law qualification. Students who have graduated with a Shari'a law qualification are not eligible to apply for this course.

Applicants who do not have one of the academic qualifications listed, may be admitted, if they provide evidence of completion of a legal qualification not listed, providing the qualification enables admission to practise as a legal practitioner, excluding a Shari’a law degree.

If an applicant does not formally meet the selection criteria but the Faculty deems the applicant to be eligible based on evidence of prior learning and demonstrated capability, the Faculty reserves the right to make an offer to the appropriate course.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Inherent (essential) requirements

Inherent (essential) requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course. This Statement should be read in conjunction with the UTS Student Rules.

Prospective or current student concerned about their ability to meet these requirements should discuss their concerns with the Academic Liaison Officer in their faculty or school and/or UTS Accessibility Service on 9514 1177 or at

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Faculty of Law Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning information regarding the Graduate Certificate in Laws is available at postgraduate course information.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in a minimum of a half year of full-time or one year of part-time study. Subjects may also be available in Summer session.

Course structure

Students in this course undertake four 6-credit-point postgraduate subjects (totalling 24 credit points).

Course completion requirements

CBK91269 Options (Law PG) 24cp
Total 24cp

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