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Why study Business Law with SCU Online?


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Australia's only 100% online postgraduate business law course


Learn through contemporary case studies 


Gain a strong understanding of Australian business law


Mitigate legal risk, understand legal obligation


Rated 5 stars for Graduate Full-Time Employment and Student Support


Engaging, self-directed study that fits your schedule

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8 months part-time*

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Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct




$3,399 per unit, FEE-HELP available

*completion time dependent on individual study path and course availability. Please speak to a Student Advisor for more information.

Safeguard yourself and your business in a world of risk

In an increasingly disrupted world, there is a growing need for people who can help businesses navigate their way through obligations, opportunities, and consequences. The online Graduate Certificate in Business Law with Southern Cross University is a great first step for a business professional to start bridging the knowledge gap between business and law.

The course will provide students with a thorough introduction to the legal institutions and processes which influence the ongoing development of Australian law, their history, context, and contemporary relevance, and equips students with the skills necessary to find, interpret, critique and apply the law in relation to business. 

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Learning outcomes

Develop legal acumen

Lay the foundation to understand, interpret and apply the law in relation to business contexts. 


Identify legal risk & obligation 

Gain a deep understanding of different areas of business law through your choice of three electives in areas such as Advanced Contract Law, Advanced Intellectual Property Law and Consumer Law.


Leverage opportunities

Gain the core knowledge and skills to be agile in your business and seize opportunities quickly.

What you will study

To gain your online Graduate Certificate in Business Law, you will study four units. This will include one core unit and three electives. The electives running will depend on what intake you begin your studies. 

This unit provides a thorough introduction to the important institutions and processes that influence the ongoing development of Australian law.

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This unit offers you the opportunity to explore contemporary topics of interest, debate and policy development within the discipline of intellectual property (IP) law.

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This unit engages with and analyses fundamental property law concepts.

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This unit provides an understanding of the operation of the competition law provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, as well as the economic theory underlying.

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Gain a strong understanding of the operation of Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 – The Australian Consumer Law, and the economic theory underlying the Act.

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This unit has students examine the legal and equitable principles and statutory framework underpinning contract law in Australia with an emphasis on practical and commercial applications of the relevant principles.  

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This unit introduces the global legal system, specifically global business law.

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Explore the specific issues that impact corporations involved in litigation.

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Gain knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of tax law.

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Critically reflect on corporate governance mechanisms in the Australian legal terrain.

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In this unit, formulate and refine a research topic, locate source materials using advanced technologies and present a research proposal.  

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Pathway to MBL

This qualification is the foundational knowledge you need before embarking onto the Master of Business Law, placing you in the best possible position to help mitigate organisational risk.

Graduate Certificate
4 Units

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Masters Degree
+ 4 Units

A typical study period at SCU Online
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Speak to an Enrolment Advisor to find out more.

Our study periods: Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct

Late applications may be considered under special circumstances up until the start of O'Week. For more information please speak with a Student Enrolment Advisor.

Entry requirements

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Business Law, you must have:

  • A Bachelor degree in any discipline, or equivalent; AND

  • Students also need to be proficient in English.

If you are a qualified lawyer, you could also be eligible for the Master of Laws (Business Law) degree.

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules.

We may recognise and reward credit for past education or qualifications in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree. 

 Find out more about applying for advanced standing

Ready to take the next step in your career? It's your time.

At Southern Cross University Online, we've helped thousands of people with real lives and real ambition to realise their goals and dreams by supporting them every step of the way.
We provide affordable courses, flexible learning and excellent student support, so you can achieve the impossible and make the most out of your time. 
It’s time to put yourself first. Follow your ambition. 

When you study online with SCU, you're not on your own. We're connected, together. 

Our teachers, academics and education designers have built these courses for people like you. Before commencing study, your dedicated Student Success Advisor will be in touch by phone, email or chat to help you plan your schedule. As you work towards your dream of achieving your degree, your advisor works like an extra pair of eyes and ears with support, advice and motivation throughout your study journey. 


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Our Accreditations & Endorsements

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Our online programs meet all of the AQF guidelines, ensuring quality education.

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5-STAR Rating for Full-Time Employment, Overall Experience, Student Support, Learning Resources, Teaching Quality and Skills Development.

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Southern Cross University is one of the world's Top 200 Young Universities.

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Our postgraduate student support and satisfaction both above the national average.

What our students say
Jessica - MBL - testimonial
Master of Business Law student Jessica.

The MBL includes electives in emerging fields like Intellectual Property Law, which will safeguard me as a small business owner and Consultant, as well as the companies which I represent.

Jessica Mahon

Online Master of Business Law graduate and Consultant

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MBL graduate Kathryn.

I work for local government, so studying Advanced Property Law has greatly improved my knowledge and understanding of the challenges faced by our ratepayers - as well as our administration - when it comes to property law, boundary realignments, strata titles and units, subdivision and dispute resolution.

Kathryn Oliver

Online Master of Business Law student and Business Systems Supervisor

David- MBL - testimonial
MBL graduate David Fisher.

I'm a financial controller in an engineering firm. As I came from an accounting background, I needed to sit an Introduction to Law course to get started. I'm thoroughly enjoying the learning experience at SCU and the new perspectives are helping me progress my career.

David Fisher

Online Master of Business Law student and Financial Controller

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MBL student Sangeeta.

I am able to better present the legal implications of certain projects in a global context in case the project is to be replicated in a different jurisdiction from where it was established.

Sangeeta Prasad

Online Master of Business Law graduate and Communications and Management Consultant

Mike - MBL - testimonial
Master of Business Law student Mike.

Favourite units were the Law of Corporate Governance, Global Business Law and Advanced Legal Research. I found these units both challenging and rewarding as well as increasing my overall business knowledge and ability to contribute to the Social Enterprise organisations to which I belong.

Mike McCaw

Online Master of Business Law graduate and Managing Director

What our students do

Current Master of Business Law students work in a range of business roles that require legal expertise. Below is a snapshot of some of these roles and jobs. 

  • Commercial Director
  • Governance and Planning Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Business Consultant
  • Lecturer
  • Finance Officer


  • Contract Administrator
  • Commercial Services Manager
  • CEO
Course Academic

Meet our Course Academic


Dr John Orr is a lecturer and Course Coordinator at Law & Justice, Southern Cross University. John has taken a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies from the University of Queensland, a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours (and university medal) from SCU and a Doctor of Philosophy from QUT. His award-winning PhD thesis, University Law: Pursuing Fruits of Knowledge, examined the role played by enabling legislation in requiring Australian public universities to undertake their core functions in the public good.

John is also a long time Director of the peak Education law body the Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association (ANZELA). He is also the immediate Past Editor of the International Journal of Law and Education.  John’s main research interests are in corporate and higher education law and he is a nationally recognised scholar in higher education law and university governance. There is a strong nexus between Dr Orr’s research and teaching. John teaches Corporations Law in the Bachelor of Laws program and Company Law in the Associate Degree in Law and Bachelor of Business programs.