Study Canadian Law
Bond has been training Canadian legal professionals for more than 20 years
Bond University's law program has earned a strong reputation in Canada, having trained Canadian lawyers for more than 20 years. Located on Australia's beautiful Gold Coast, our standout student experience, accelerated three-semester-per-year timetable and strong links to the Canadian legal industry have made Bond a top choice for Canadian students.
With a rapidly expanding group of Canadian alumni working as partners and senior practitioners in Canada and worldwide, a degree from Bond does more than kick-start your legal career - it provides you with a professional network for life.
Bond alumni in Canada
Canadian Law at Bond
Featuring experienced professors, small classes, an international perspective and extensive legal skills program, Bond's law programs provide an enriching learning experience that both challenges you academically and prepares you practically for a legal career back home in Canada, or in another country.
Complete Canadian law classes
To prepare students for the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) exams, Bond offers four Canadian law classes as electives - Foundations of Canadian Law, Canadian Criminal Law, Canadian Constitutional Law and Canadian Administrative Law. You can also undertake a complimentary online course on Canadian Professional Responsibility.
Learn from Canadian law professors
Bond employs experienced legal practitioners to teach the Canadian law classes at Bond, and often hosts distinguished Canadian legal professors and academics to guest lecture and co-teach in our Canadian course offerings.
Develop practical legal skills
A practical skills and professionalism program is embedded in Bond's law programs, focusing on developing essential legal skills including oral communication and presentation, legal writing and drafting, negotiation and legal skills and analysis.
Access state-of-the-art facilities
Bond law students learn in world-class legal training facilities including purpose-built legal skills rooms and a full-scale court equipped with video conferencing facilities and video streaming that replicates the technology used in the High Court of Australia.
Being admitted as a lawyer in Canada
The National Committee on Accreditation & Bar admissions process
To practice law in Canada, you need to be admitted to the Bar in your Province. A Bond University law degree is eligible for admission to the Bar, but before you can be admitted, there are two steps to complete - outlined below.
The following information is a representation of the policies and procedures of the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), as part of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC), and is subject to change by the NCA at any time. While Bond aims to ensure accuracy of this information at all times, it is the responsibility of the reader to ensure they review the information located on the NCA website.
Step 1: A Certificate of Qualification from the NCA
After completing your degree at Bond, your next step is to obtain a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation (the ‘NCA’) of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. This certificate will state that you have the education and training equivalent to that of a law graduate from an accredited Canadian law school. At the completion of your program, your transcripts will need to be submitted directly to the NCA and you will submit an online application and provide some other supporting documents (including transcripts from any other universities attended).
The NCA will require you to sit for a minimum of five courses in Canadian law, either completing those courses at a Canadian Law School, or undertaking self-study “Challenge Exams” in each course. The Challenge Exams are by far the most popular option with Bond graduates.
Current graduates have been prescribed five exams only, but future graduates may be prescribed more. The five exams are Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Administrative Law, Foundations of Canadian Law and Canadian Professional Responsibility. The NCA offers exam sessions in every month of the year, except December. Note, not all subjects are offered in each exam session.
Bond offers four of the Canadian Law classes (Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Administrative Law, Foundations of Canadian Law) as electives so you will take exams for these classes twice – once at Bond and then again at the NCA. The fifth class (Canadian Professional Responsibility) is also provided by Bond, but it's a seminar and not a graded class. This is complimentary for Bond students.
An applicant whose application is assessed by the NCA on or after 1 January 2022 will be required to complete a course in legal research and writing offered by a Canadian Common Law Program, approved by the NCA, or complete the NCA legal research and writing module with the Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education.
Once you have the NCA Certificate of Qualification, you are in the same position as graduates from Canadian law schools. So the next steps from this point forward are the same for all law school graduates in Canada.
Step 2: Articles
You will next complete your Articles at a law firm which will continue for up to 12 months (depending on your Province). In most Provinces, you will register with the Law Society as an Articling Student which your law firm will participate in and sign off on the number of hours you complete. Depending on your Province, you may be required to take the Barrister & Solicitor exams, which are open book, all day exams. Some Provinces have Bar Admissions Programs with examinations and skills assessments embedded into them. Once the required number of hours of Articling is completed and any bar admissions program or bar exams are completed, you will pay your licensing fee and be admitted to the Bar (with a ceremony) and can then practice law.
There is a new option that is similar to Australia where you can enrol at Toronto Metropolitan University to complete a Professional Legal Training (PLT) program combined with an internship at a law firm, after which you can be admitted to the Bar. This program is called the LPP – Law Practice Program.
About Bond University
Australia's first independent, not-for-profit university
As a not-for-profit organisation, 100% of your Bond University tuition fees are re-invested in creating an elite five-star educational experience.
This is why we are able to provide world-class facilities, state-of-the-art learning resources and, most importantly, smaller classes that give you one-on-one access to Australia’s leading academics and corporate achievers.
When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s fast-tracked schedule means you’ll finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.
International legal experience
At Bond, you will gain a global perspective that sets you apart in the competitive workforce, and develop a strong professional and personal network. During your degree, you will receive personalised career support from our Career Development Centre, and learn from academics with extensive real-world experience. And after you finish your studies, you will join an alumni network that spans 130 countries and over 30,000 graduates, with chapters in Vancouver and Toronto, and will have access to our strong and varied connections to employers in Canada.
Bond is known for its personalised approach to learning, and the personalised attention begins before you start your studies. Your International Regional Manager, Natasha Racco, is based in Canada and is your dedicated contact to support you through your application and journey to studying at Bond.
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