Commercial law Law, security and intelligence

Commercial law Law, security and intelligence

Corporate and commercial law focuses on areas such as sustainable corporate governance and financing, competition law, technology and e-commerce law, international trade and finance, and intellectual property law.

At Macquarie, you’ll gain knowledge of the legal issues in commerce, finance and accounting to prepare you for professional practice in this field.


Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses


Undergraduate Courses

Postgraduate Courses

Careers in commercial law 

  • consultant
  • contract manager
  • lawyer
  • legal researcher
  • policy adviser
  • policy analyst
  • strategic planner


Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Juris Doctor 

The Macquarie LLB and Juris Doctor are accredited with professional bodies regulating the admission of law graduates to legal practice. The Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor provides the appropriate qualification for admission to practise as a lawyer throughout Australia.

In addition to completing a law program at an accredited institution such as Macquarie Law School, the profession (via the LPAB - Legal Practitioner's Admission Board) requires all law graduates to complete a period of Practical Legal Training (PLT) including further study (Coursework Component), Continuing Professional Development Units (CPD Component) and supervised experience in a legal practice (Work Experience Component), before being admitted to practice as a barrister or solicitor. This typically takes six months to one year to complete, and usually involves options to study full-time, part-time and online through various institutions.

To be qualified as an Australian Legal Practitioner in New South Wales, a solicitor or barrister also requires a Practising Certificate issued by the Councils of the Law Society of New South Wales or the New South Wales Bar Association respectively. Similar bodies and systems of accreditation exist in the other States.

Professional experience

At Macquarie, learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. With PACE you can gain real-world experience and get ahead in the career queue. 

The Macquarie Law School offers students majoring in Commercial Law opportunities to use their theoretical knowledge in real workplaces through clerkships, internships and placements in a range of settings - on-campus, locally, regionally and internationally.

No matter what you decide to study at Macquarie, PACE has an opportunity available for you. Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

Student experience

Caroline Madueno

Caroline Madueno

Master of International Trade and Commerce Law

“Macquarie gave me excellent knowledge of international trade and commerce law, international criminal law, and humanitarian and human rights law. I was able to develop the ability to make legal judgments which I constantly apply in my current role. You learn to analyse issues, draw your own conclusions and be able to strongly defend them. I also learnt to be analytical, be an effective communicator, pay attention to detail and to have sound judgment – all crucial skills in my field of work.”

“Macquarie’s global vision is reflected in the programs and activities available to students. I really enjoyed the Global Leadership Program (GLP) – you learn aspects and insights that you don’t see in your regular coursework.”

Caroline currently works for Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) in the UK as a Programme Officer for Africa, Middle East and Latin America.

Macquarie University Law Society (MULS) 

The Macquarie University Law Society (MULS) is a representative body for all law students at Macquarie University. The Society operates to enhance the Macquarie Law degree by assisting students in personal and professional development and providing opportunities for students to participate in competitions, publications, socials and sporting events. All law students at Macquarie are members of MULS.

Our expertise in commercial law

Associate Professor Niloufer Selvadurai

Associate Professor Niloufer Selvadurai

Associate Professor in Law

Associate Professor Selvadurai is the Program Convenor of the Master of International Trade and Commerce Law. She has taught at Macquarie University since 2004 and was previously the Manager of the Research Unit at the Law Book Company Ltd, and Thomson Legal & Regulatory Ltd. Prior to joining Thomson, she practised as a Solicitor in the Sydney Office of Ashurst. Her research interests are in telecommunications law, technology law, intellectual property law, Internet law and e-commerce.

Macquarie Law School offers more than just a law degree

Macquarie Law School prepares you to think beyond textbooks to open the way to a world of careers. Our industry focused programs and supportive learning environment will give you the valuable skills and knowledge to achieve your career goals.

Taught by Macquarie Law School and the Faculty of Business and Economics, you will gain an understanding of the legal issues in commerce, finance and accounting. 

Watch this video and learn more about the Major in Corporate and Commercial Law

4 reasons to choose law, security and intelligence at Macquarie

  • Law at Macquarie has been ranked in the top eight in Australia, and our interdisciplinary approach provides you with a critical understanding of the law, its development and its future direction.
  • Our law degree can be taken on its own or combined with several disciplines including finance, media, IT, commerce or psychology, to give you more varied career choices.
  • You'll learn from international security experts with years of practical experience.
  • Our staff have strong links with industry and are across developments in areas critical to industry and government.

The Juris Doctor program will develop your understanding of the Australian legal system, including:

Interdisciplinary approach to law

Macquarie Law School has a different approach to teaching law, according to Juris Doctor Program Director Shayne Davenport.

"We see ourselves as different, not only in what we teach but how we teach as well. We are an interdisciplinary law school. We don't just look at the law from inside the law itself. We look at the law from many different aspects."

Students of Juris Doctor will explore the law, discover its origins, assess its effectiveness and consider the need for reform.

Real-world experience is incorporated into the learning as part of this degree through placements with community legal centres or joint research projects with the Law Reform Commission.

Flexible study options

Students have the option to study Juris Doctor either full time or part time, on-campus or by distance. Macquarie Law School offers the only distance education option in New South Wales.

Davenport says, "Macquarie Law School has expertise in teaching law by distance education. We've had distance education courses going for many years and this is one of the strengths of Macquarie Law School. We truly understand the needs and pressures of distance students."

Substantial content will be available online and will be complemented by weekly face-to-face seminars of intensive on-campus sessions. There is also the opportunity to accelerate the rate of completion of this degree through summer session offerings.


The Juris Doctor is accredited with professional bodies regulating the admission of law graduates to legal practice and provides appropriate qualification for admission to practice as a lawyer in NSW*.

Graduates of Juris Doctor can pursue careers as either barristers or solicitors. However, a broad range of rewarding careers are open to Macquarie Law School graduates.

Employment can be found in a wide variety of organisations, including community legal centres, diplomatic service, financial institutions, multinationals, NGO advocacy bodies and public service.

*All Australian graduates are required to complete a period of practical legal training before being admitted as barristers or solicitors.

More information 

Learn more about Juris Doctor from our recent webinar hosted by Shayne Davenport, Juris Doctor program director.

The program provides a thorough grounding in the law and practice of conveyancing, through a rigorous examination of the relevant legal and practical skills.

The Conveyancing Law and Practice program is offered by distance education. While this method of learning demands discipline and commitment, it is ideal for students already in full-time employment or with family or other commitments that prevent regular attendance at lectures.

What is a conveyancer?

A conveyancer has an important role in ensuring the legality of a sale or purchase of property. Licensed conveyancers are able to undertake a wide range of legal work relating to property and business. They may act as legal advisors in the sale, purchase, mortgage or lease of residential and commercial property and small business, within the guidelines set down in the current Conveyancers Licensing Act.

Macquarie's Conveyancing Law and Practice program aims to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to undertake these tasks.

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