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Specialise in Climate Law

Become a Climate Law Specialist and Advocate for Climate Reform

Climate change is expected to impact almost all aspects of human life.

In order to address and ultimately reverse the wide-reaching effects of climate change, we need a new generation of energised, empowered, and legally educated advocates. 

The Bachelor of Laws with a specialisation, major or double major in Climate Law is the first program of its type in the world. Focusing on the law, science, social and commercial implications of climate change, it is designed for undergraduate students who wish to specialise in climate law and contribute to addressing climate change by leading regulatory reform. 

A world-first climate law qualification

Bachelor of Laws students at Bond can choose to specialise in climate law by selecting either a specialisation (4 electives), a major (6 electives), or a double major (12 electives).

The program can be completed in eight semesters (320 credit points) on a full-time basis and combines climate law subjects with the subjects required for admission as a legal practitioner.

  • Gain a qualification that allows you to seek admission as a lawyer, while gaining a specialised qualification in climate law.
  • Examine in-depth the main drivers of climate change, the key principles of climate law and the legal and social implications of climate change.
  • Start in January, May or September. 
  • Choose to complete a double major, single major or specialisation.

Subject Structure

Bachelor of Laws students can choose to complete a specialisation, major, or double major in Climate Law, starting in Bond's January, May or September intakes.

To complete the major, students can choose six (6) subjects from the list below. 

Students intending to complete a Bachelor of Laws with Honours will need to speak to a staff representative at Student Assist for enrolment advise requirements and subject selection.  Please see the LLB Honours webpage for more information.

Students wishing to complete a double major in Climate Law must choose twelve (12) subjects from the list below. 

Please note that if you choose to complete the double major, all of the general and law electives in your program must be climate subjects, commencing in the first semester of your degree.  

The double major is not available to students enrolled in a combined degree program.

Students intending to complete a Bachelor of Laws with Honours will need to speak to a staff representative at Student Assist for enrolment advise requirements and subject selection.  Please see the LLB Honours webpage for more information.

Future outcomes

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) satisfies the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner.  If combined with the required professional legal training (such as Bond's Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice), graduates will be eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in Australia.

LLB graduates are able to pursue a wide variety of legal and professional careers in the public or private sector.  LLB graduates with a specialisation, major or double major in Climate Law will be well-placed to specialise in climate law and practice and contribute to addressing climate change by leading regulatory reform.

The double major

If you complete the double major full-time, you will be immersed in the studies of climate change and climate law through a wide range of law and non-law subjects. 

In your first year, you will master the foundations of the legal system as well as private law, public, criminal law and contract law, and complete Bond's unique core subjects. These foundation studies will be complemented by one to two specialised climate subjects per semester, including studies on climate change and the future world, the context of climate law and law reform and critical consciousness. 

Going into your second year of study, you'll dive deeper into specialised facets of the law, including contract law, constitutional law, property law and corporate law. You may study one to two climate subjects per semester, gaining an understanding in areas such as climate change and natural resources law, international environmental law and learning how to negotiate climate disputes. 

Your final two semesters of study will focus on advanced legal studies including administrative law, civil dispute resolution and evidence, as well as continuing your specialisation in climate law as you prepare for graduation. Climate specific subjects may cover topics including climate law and human rights, climate liability, and international emissions trading law. 

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