Business Law (Post-Degree Diploma)

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Program Code
Commerce & Business Administration
Business Law
Credential Type
Post-Degree Diploma
Transcript Title
PDD in Business Law
Date of First Offering
Start Term
End Term
Not Specified
Post-Degree Diploma in Business Law
Length of Program
One year
Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree (Bachelor level) from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or an equivalent credential from an approved institution in a different country.  Any applicant who earned their credential in a language other than English will be required to meet the Douglas College English language proficiency requirement.
Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • A minimum grade of "C" for each individual course, and an overall average grade of "C+" or 2.33 GPA
  • 70% (21 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
  • Up to a maximum of nine credits used towards a previously received credential can be used to meet program requirements, but additional courses will need to be taken to replace these credits.  Applicant will be advised to contact the Business Department Chair for approval of substitutions

Course Requirements

Course Number Course Title Credits
Required courses:
BLAW 1320 Introductory Business Law 3.00
BLAW 3730 Corporate and Financial Planning Law 3.00
BLAW 37501 Employment Law 3.00
ENGL 1130 Academic Writing 3.00
LGST 1110 Legal Research and Reasoning 3.00
One of the following course options:
BUSN 1210 Management Essentials 3.00
Or any suitable Commerce and Business Administration course approved by the Business Department Chair
Four courses from the following options:
BLAW 3700 Fundamentals of International Trade Law 3.00
BLAW 3710 Sales and Marketing Law 3.00
BLAW 3760 Labour Relations 3.00
BLAW 3770 Real Estate Law 3.00
BLAW 4720 Procurement Law and Contract Interpretation 3.00
BUSN 4490 Applied Legal and Ethical Decision Making for Managers, Professionals, and Executives 3.00
Total Credits:   30.00


1) Students who have already taken BUSN 3750 - Human Resources Law can substitute the course for BLAW 3750 - Employment Law.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the PDD in Business Law will be able to:

  • Analyze and draft commercial contracts
  • Research legal issues
  • Formulate relevant and practical legal risk management strategies
  • Identify key concepts in the law of contracts, torts, real property, business organizations, secured transactions, bankruptcy, estate plannning, as well as in other areas of law such as international trade, intellectual property, commercial transactions and consumer protection, employment law, and industrial relations