Graduate Diploma of Law Research Studies

Program code

4177

Available at

Nathan

Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt

Logan

South Bank

Online

Offshore

Other

Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Credit points

80

Indicative fee

$22,000.00* per year (more)
* 2019 indicative annual fee

Admission requirements

  • Related Bachelor degree or higher (5.0 GPA)

    (more)

Offered in

Trimester 1

Next start date

Trimester 1, 2020 (more)

Applications close

Friday, 31 January 2020

My details

Programs change over time. Course lists and requirements are specific to the year you started studying.

 

To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Law Research Studies (GDipLawResSt), a student must acquire 80 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 50 credit points for the prescribed coursework and
  • gain 30 credit points for the research dissertation.

Exit point

To apply to exit the Graduate Diploma of Law Research Studies program with the Graduate Certificate in Law Research Studies award, a student must acquire 40 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 40 credit points for the prescribed coursework
  • OR gain 30 credit points for the research dissertation plus 10 credit points for a clinical legal education (Clinics) course;
  • OR gain 30 credit points for the research dissertation plus 10 credit points for 6001LAW Honours Research Methods if an equivalent course to 6001LAW Honours Research Methods has not been previously completed.

To exit, a student should apply for a program transfer.

Note: Students admitted to the Graduate Diploma who have a relevant Masters qualification but have not completed the research content required for admission to a Higher Degree Research will be eligible to exit the Graduate Diploma with the Graduate Certificate in Law Research Studies award upon completion of the dissertation component plus a clinical legal education (Clinics) course. Those students who have not already completed a research methods course in their prior study will be required to complete the dissertation component plus the 10 credit point research methods course.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level and Type

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. This qualification is accredited as an AQF Level 8 - Graduate Diploma.

Program learning outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes communicate to the community the value of the Griffith educational experience as benchmarked against national qualification standards.

Program Learning Outcomes for this award describe the knowledge, skills and the application of knowledge and skills you will acquire through studying the Griffith program of your choice.

Students must complete the following courses (alternative courses may be approved by the Program Director):

Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 1 6000LAW Law Reform  10
Tri 1 6001LAW Honours Research Methods  10
Tri 1   Elective course (see Note 1) 10
Tri 1 6002LAW_P1 Honours Thesis Work in Progress (capstone course) 10

Note 1: This elective course must be an undergraduate final year Law course from the Griffith Law School and approved by the Program Director.

Students must complete the following courses:

Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 2 6039LAW Cultural Legal Studies  10
Tri 2   Clinical Legal Education course (from Clinical Law electives) 10
Tri 2 6002LAW_P2 Dissertation 2 (capstone course) 10
Tri 2 6002LAW_P3 Honours Thesis and Completion (capstone course) 10

Exit point: Graduate Certificate in Law Research Studies (3316). To exit (after completing one of the following options), a student should apply for a program transfer.

Option 1

Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 1 6000LAW Law Reform  10
Tri 1 6001LAW Honours Research Methods  10
Tri 1   Elective course (see Note 1) 10
Tri 1   Course approved by Program Convenor  10

Note 1: This elective course must be an undergraduate final year Law course from the Griffith Law School and approved by the Program Director.

Option 2

(for students with a relevant Masters qualification)

Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 1 6002LAW_P1 Honours Thesis Work in Progress (capstone course) 10
Tri 2   Clinical Legal Education course (from Clinical Law electives) 10
Tri 2 6002LAW_P2 Dissertation 2 (capstone course) 10
Tri 2 6002LAW_P3 Honours Thesis and Completion (capstone course) 10

Option 3

(for students with a relevant Masters qualification and have not previously completed a research methods course)

Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 1 6001LAW Honours Research Methods  10
Tri 1 6002LAW_P1 Honours Thesis Work in Progress (capstone course) 10
Tri 2 6002LAW_P2 Dissertation 2 (capstone course) 10
Tri 2 6002LAW_P3 Honours Thesis and Completion (capstone course) 10

The elective interest groups are provided to assist you in choosing electives that align with your career interests. You are not limited to selection from any one group - you can select from across the elective interest groups.

The offering of elective courses is subject to sufficient student enrolment numbers and staff availability. Not all courses will run every year. The elective list will be updated before each trimester.

Law: Clinical and Professional Legal Practice
Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 1,2 or 3 5328LAW Internship Clinic (see Note 1) 20
Tri 1,2 5238LAW Community Lawyering Clinic (see Note 1) 10
Tri 1,3 5027LAW Family Law  10
Tri 2,3 5126LAW Domestic and Family Violence (GC: Tri 2; NA: Tri 3 from 2019) (not offered in T2-2019) 10
Tri 2 5029LAW Workplace Law  10
Tri 2 5163LAW Succession  10
Tri 1,2 5125LAW Refugee Law and Policy Clinic (see Note 1) 10
Tri 3 5035LAW Health Care Law  10
Tri 3 5212LAW Sports Law  10
Tri 1 5241LAW Prison Law  10
Tri 1,2 or 3 5334LAW Career Planning Research Elective (not offered from 2019) 10
Tri 2 5337LAW 21st Century Legal Practice: Professions, Disruption, and Technology  10

Note 1: Entry to this course is via a successful application only.

Law: Clinics
Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 1,2 or 3 5328LAW Internship Clinic (see Note 1) 20
Tri 1 5022LAW Legal Clinic (see Note 1) 10
Tri 1 5036LAW Alternative Dispute Resolution - Clinic (see Note 1) (not offered from 2017) 10
Tri 1 5064LAW Social Justice Lawyering (see Note 1) 10
Tri 1 5057LAW Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Oral Competition) (see Note 2) 10
Tri 1,2 5238LAW Community Lawyering Clinic (see Note 1) 10
Tri 1,2 5166LAW Innocence Project (see Note 1) 10
Tri 1,2 5167LAW Innocence Project 2 (see Note 1) 10
Tri 1,2 5125LAW Refugee Law and Policy Clinic (see Note 1) 10
Tri 1,2 or 3 5333LAW International Experience Clinic (see Note 1) 10
Tri 2 5203LAW HKIAC Internship Clinic (not offered from 2017) 10
Tri 2 5031LAW Trimester in Practice (see Note 1) 10
Tri 2 5176LAW Street Law: Community Legal Education Clinic (see Note 1) 10
Tri 2 5174LAW Negotiating Legal and Commercial Disputes (not offered from 2017) 10
Tri 2 5240LAW Criminal Advocacy (see Note 1) 10
Tri 2,3 5061LAW Advanced Family Law Clinic (see Note 1) (offered Nathan only) 10
Tri 3 5056LAW Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Written Competition) (see Note 1) 10
Tri 3 5239LAW Jessup International Moot (see Note 1) 20
Tri 3 5278LAW Law Without Walls International Clinic (not offered from 2017) 10

Note 1: Entry to this course is via a successful application only.

Note 2: Only students who have successfully completed 5056LAW (and also selected by the Convenors) may enrol in this course.

Law: Environment and Social Justice
Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 3 5327LAW Wild Law: The Theory and Practice of Earth Jurisprudence  10
Tri 3 5330LAW Wrongful Conviction: Journeys to Freedom  10
Tri 1 5237LAW International Environmental Law and Policy  10
Tri 1 5173LAW Environmental Law  10
Tri 1 5170LAW Environmental and Social Advocacy Clinic  10
Tri 2 5020LAW Urban Planning Law  10
Tri 2 5069LAW Animal Law  10
Tri 2 5233LAW Environmental Justice  10
Tri 3 5065LAW The Law and Practice of Native Title  10
Tri 1 5332LAW International and Comparative Native Title Law (not offered from 2019) 10
Tri 1 5241LAW Prison Law  10
Tri 2 5182LAW Food Law and Policy  10
Law: Global Law and Governance
Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 3 5329LAW Arts, War and International Law  10
Tri 1 5331LAW EU Law: Understanding the Fundamentals (not offered from 2018) 10
Tri 1 5237LAW International Environmental Law and Policy  10
Tri 1 5124LAW Immigration and Refugee Law  10
Tri 2 5325LAW Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes  10
Tri 3 5156LAW International Human Rights Law (not offered in 2018 & 2019) 10
Tri 1 5223LAW Transitional Justice and the Rule of Law  10
Tri 2 5046LAW International Litigation (not offered in 2018) 10
Tri 2 5177LAW International Arbitration (offered online from 2019) 10
Tri 1 5045LAW Public International Law  10
Tri 3 5196LAW Introduction to Maritime Law  10
Tri 3 5041LAW International Commercial Law  10
Tri 2 5182LAW Food Law and Policy  10
Tri 3 5178LAW International Mining and Natural Resources Law  10
Tri 3 5335LAW International Humanitarian Law/Law of Armed Conflict  10
Tri 1 5332LAW International and Comparative Native Title Law (not offered from 2019) 10
Law: Law and Commerce
Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 3 5021LAW Competition and Consumer Law  10
Tri 1 5189LAW Insurance Law  10
Tri 1 5226LAW Securities Regulation and Corporate Takeovers (not offered from 2017) 10
Tri 2 5023LAW Principles of Intellectual Property Law (see Note 1) 10
Tri 3 4013LAW Property Law 3: Regulation of Proprietary Interests (see Note 2) (not offered from 2017) 10

Note 1: This course will run in intensive mode and classes may be held intensively prior to Week 1 of the relevant trimester.

Note 2: This course is only for students who completed Property Law 2 prior to 2014.

Law: Research
Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 3 6000LAW Law Reform  10
Tri 1 6001LAW Honours Research Methods  10
Tri 2 6039LAW Cultural Legal Studies (not offered in T2-2019) 10
Tri 2 5030LAW Law Research Elective (not offered from 2019) 10
Law: Theories and Contexts of Law
Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 1 5338LAW Law and Synthetic Biology  10
Tri 2 5218LAW Gender and the Law  10
Tri 2 5245LAW Legal Histories  10
Tri 2 6039LAW Cultural Legal Studies (not offered in T2-2019) 10
Tri 3 5326LAW Law, Culture and Anthropology  10
Tri 3 5336LAW Legal Science: Roman Law in Contemporary Perspective  10
Law: Canadian Accreditation courses

Note: The Canadian Accreditation courses are offered at the Gold Coast campus. Nathan students can travel to the Gold Coast campus if they wish to enrol in these courses.

The following elective courses are recommended for students who wish to practice law in Canada.

Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 3 5250LAW Foundations of Canadian Law  10
Tri 2,3 5253LAW Canadian Constitutional Law (Tri 2 in 2019 only) (see Note 1) 20
Tri 2,3 5251LAW Canadian Criminal Law (Tri 2 in 2019 only) (see Note 1) 15
Tri 3 5254LAW Canadian Administrative Law  10
Tri 2,3 5256LAW Canadian Legal Professional Responsibility (Tri 2 in 2019 only) (see Note 1) 5

Note 1: These courses will only be offered in Trimester 3 from 2020.

Law: Electives offered by other Schools

You can choose electives (from other disciplines) from the following courses:

Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 1,3 2513LHS Media Law  10
Tri 2 2613LHS Islamic Law in a Changing World (not offered from 2019) 10
Tri 1,2 or 3 3106AFE Revenue Law: Theory and Policy in Action (see Note 1) 10
Tri 2 2019GIR Politics of International Law and Organisations  10
Tri 2 3108AFE Taxation Planning (see Note 1) 10
Tri 2 3026CCJ Fraud and Cybercrime  10

Note 1: 3106AFE is a prerequisite for 3108AFE.