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Business Law (Post-Degree Diploma)

Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business
Credits: 30.0
Length: One year
Credential: Post-Degree Diploma
Admission Type: Limited enrolment
Offered: Fall
program overview

Does your job require you to deal with legal documents, but your knowledge of business law is lacking? Let the Post-Degree Diploma in Business Law help you out. Unique to British Columbia, this one-year program will teach you the fundamentals of business law. You’ll learn the basics of business, finance and accounting law, how to draft and interpret employment and service contracts, and more. With the legal skills and knowledge gained through this program, you’ll differentiate yourself from other candidates and better position yourself to advance your professional career.

This program is ideal for business owners and managers, professionals in accounting, finance, risk management or human resources, and anyone who might have to review and negotiate contracts in a business or sales setting. You must already have a bachelor’s degree to take this program.

Take your career further

High demand is predicted for management and consulting positions between 2017 and 2027, in areas including brokerage services, corporate sales, financial, banking and investment, marketing and human resources. The average median salary for these occupations is $77,378 annually.

A great introduction to the law

If you’re considering a career in law but are not quite ready to take the leap into law school, this program is a great introduction to the legal field and some of the topics you can expect to encounter in a law degree program. Many of the courses in the post-degree diploma program qualify for credit transfer to other post-secondary institutions in British Columbia; however, this program is not equivalent to first year law.

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

Required courses

BUSN 1320 - Introductory Business Law

BUSN 3730 - Corporate and Financial Planning Law

BUSN 4720 - Procument Law and Contract Interpretation

ENGL 1130 - Academic Writing

LGST 1110 - Legal Research and Reasoning

One of the following course options:

BUSN 1210 - Management Essentials

Any suitable Commerce and Business Administration course approved by the Business Department Chair

Four courses from the following options:

BUSN 3700 - Fundamentals of International Trade Law

BUSN 3710 - Sales and Marketing Law

BUSN 3750 - Human Resources Law

BUSN 3760 - Labour Relations

BUSN 3770 - Real Estate Law

BUSN 4490 - Applied Legal and Ethical Decision Making for Managers, Professionals, and Executives

admission 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.
program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.