Bond Law Canadian Program

More Canadians study law at Bond than any other Australian University

Bond is Australia's largest Law School for Canadian Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws candidates. We have been training Canadian lawyers for over 20 years.

Jamie talks about Studying Law at Bond University

Information sessions in Canada

Bond has strong links with Canada and has been training Canadian lawyers for over 20 years. There are currently over 150 Canadian students studying law at Bond University and an active Canadian Law Students' Association. There is a rapidly expanding group of Bond Law Canadian alumni working as partners and senior practitioners in Canada and worldwide.

Bond has three intakes per year, January, May and September. Students are able to apply anytime and the LSAT is not required. If you have questions about application dates or would like to apply please refer to the contact details listed below.

We hold information sessions across Canada twice each year so that you can discover more about life at Bond University.

Upcoming Information Sessions

LocationDateMore information
Toronto26 November 2017Toronto Information Session
Calgary28 November 2017Calgary Information Session
Edmonton29 November 2017Edmonton Information Session
Vancouver30 November 2017Vancouver Information Session

Please contact Stuart Floyd, International Regional Manager on stfloyd@bond.edu.au for further information. Stuart is based in Toronto, Ontario full time and can also be telephoned at +1 (416) 558-5353.

Gareth talks about studying his Juris Doctor at Bond University

In 2015 Bond Law welcomed its 1000th Canadian Law student, Mr Gareth Green.

Which Bond program is for me?

Bond’s law programs are designed to equip you for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government. The combination of excellent teaching, small classes, international perspective and extensive legal skills program provides an exciting learning experience that both challenges you academically and prepares you practically for a legal career.

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and the Juris Doctor (JD) are both professionally recognised degrees. While the LLB is a recognised law degree, the JD is the preferred legal qualification with which to enter the legal profession in Canada. Entry to the JD is restricted to graduate students while the LLB is only available to students who have not yet completed a Bachelor's degree. Canadians who possess a prior degree in any discipline can only enrol in the JD.

The compulsory law units for the two Bond degrees are the same.

  • The LLB comprises 32 subjects in total, including 17 compulsory law units and 4 compulsory non-law units.
  • The JD comprises 24 subjects in total, all being law units, with 17 of the units being compulsory.

Canadian students wishing to undertake further studies should consider enrolling in the Master of Laws (LLM) with a specialisation in Canadian Law and Practice. Elective subjects from the Bond JD may be applied as advanced standing and assist students to fast-track their LLM studies. Find out more about the LLM program.

To practice law in Canada, you will need to complete articles and a bar admission course. To be eligible for articles and a bar admission course in any of the common law provinces (ie excluding Quebec), a graduate of an Australian Law program will need a Certificate of Qualification (CQ) from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The NCA issues a CQ to international qualified applicants confirming that the applicant has an understanding and knowledge of Canadian law and knowledge equivalent to that of a graduate of a Canadian common law program.

Application for a CQ is made to the NCA at the end of your Bond Law degree. Once a Canadian law student receives a final graduation certificate from Bond; an application needs to be made to the NCA for review.  A person who completes a law degree at a non-Canadian law school and seeks to be admitted in Canada is required by the NCA to site an exam in five areas comprising Foundations of Canadian Law, Canadian Criminal Law, Canadian Constitutional Law, Canadian Administrative Law and Canadian Professional Responsibility before being admitted to practice.  Students will need to sit these exams along with any extra challenge exams advised by the NCA.  In order for the NCA to issue a CQ, assessment criteria must be met. 

While Bond University makes every effort to provide up to date information about the process of obtaining a CQ, it is strongly advised that students consult the Federation of Canadian Law Societies (NCA) website and conduct their own research to ensure they are aware of the requirements pertaining to their specific circumstances.

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The threshold for CQ assessment is whether the applicant has a law degree equivalent to an approved three year Canadian common law degree. Each application is assessed on an individual basis taking into account the particular circumstances of that individual's educational and professional background.

Due to the pre-law education component of the of the assessment policy it is strongly recommended that Canadian students wishing to gain professional admission in Canada enrol in the JD program. Applicants who have not successfully completed a minimum of two years fulltime (or equivalent) post-secondary education in a discipline other than law might be required to demonstrate competency in up to seven additional subjects. This requirement may be waived by the NCA depending on the legal background of the applicant. Please review the NCA policies and guidelines for more information.

The Faculty of Law presently offers four Canadian law subjects: Foundations of Canadian Law, Canadian Criminal Law, Canadian Constitutional Law and Canadian Administrative Law. In addition students can also take part in an extracurricular workshop each semester on Canadian Professional Responsibility which aims to assist Canadian students with their preparation for the NCA exam.  

It is also possible for Canadian JD students to complete the Canadian subjects at Bond after completion of their JD, and be awarded a Master of Laws (LLM) in Canadian Law and Practice.

If you have any questions about the information above, please contact Stuart Floyd, International Regional Manager on stfloyd@bond.edu.au. Stuart is based in Toronto, Ontario full time and can be telephoned at +1 (416) 558-5353.

Lisa Bonin is an Assistant Professor.  Prior to joining Bond, she practiced as a litigator at a leading national law firm in Toronto.  In addition to being licensed in Ontario, Lisa is admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales and Queensland.  She teaches in the Canadian subjects with a focus on Canadian Constitutional Law.  Lisa holds an LLB (JD equivalent) from Osgoode Hall Law School, a BA from the University of Toronto and is completing her SJD. 

Visiting Canadian Academics

From time to time, we host distinguished Canadian legal professionals and academics to guest lecture and co-teach in our Canadian course offerings. We would be pleased to consider applications from interested candidates. If you wish to submit an application for consideration, or have any questions, please contact Professor Nick James.

Visting Canadian Judges and Lawyers

The Faculty of Law has been fortunate to host many notable Canadian Judges and Lawyers.  Our most recent visitors to campus have been Peter Gall QC, Partner of Gall, Legge, Grant & Munroe LLP and the Honoruable Wally Oppal QC, Canadian Lawyer, former Judge and former Attorney-General of British Columbia. Delivering these exclusive networking opportunities is just one example of how Bond Law strives to supplement our students educational experience.

Admission decisions are made on an overall assessment of the application, with prior academic performance being the primary consideration. We generally expect Canadian applicants to have at least 70% (or GPA equivalent) undergraduate averages as a minimum requirement.

Students may apply to Bond University online or via one of our Canadian agents:

Canadian citizens can fund their Bond University degree in a variety of ways. Click here for more information.

The Faculty has a student exchange agreement  with leading American law Schools: Duke University,and the University of Texas.

In addition, some of our Canadian students make their own arrangements to spend a semester as a visiting student on a 'letter of permission' at a Canadian law school.

Results from a semester spent at a Canadian law school can credited towards the Bond law degree subject to the Faculty of Law's Canadian Subjects Policy.

What steps must Bond students take to apply for financial aid?

Most Canadians attending Bond University receive federal financial aid to help fund their tuition. Applying for a Canada Student Loan is a relatively easy process. All the necessary information can be found at the CanLearn website.

The Province you live in will determine what forms you receive and the information you must provide as, although a federal aid program, it is partly funded and largely administered by your Province. The approval process also requires school certification. It is important to remember that loans can only be certified for one year at a time. If your study program is longer than this, you will need to reapply in subsequent years.

Is Bond an officially approved educational institution?

Yes. Bond's institution code is VPAH. This should be quoted on your Canada Student Loan applications.

Tips for Canadian students applying for aid.

Be well prepared. Figure out how much you will need and ensure you will have access to those funds before you arrive in Australia.

Read all loan forms and agreements carefully. Ensure you are fulfilling your responsibilities. Keep in regular contact with your lenders so that you can pick up on any change in status of your loans. Keep all of your financial aid documents somewhere safe.

Above all, don’t wait until you have only a dollar to your name before seeking help.

Contact the Bond Student Finance Office if you have any questions or concerns specifically about your Canadian government loan, private loan applications, or generally information about the cost of living on the Gold Coast. Email: financial.aid@bond.edu.au.

Good luck with your future studies and with your application for financial aid!

What is the difference between the LLB and the JD?

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and the Juris Doctor (JD) are both professionally recognised degrees. While the LLB is a recognised law degree, the JD is the preferred legal qualification with which to enter the legal profession in Canada.

Entry to the JD is restricted to graduate students while the LLB is only available to students who have not yet completed a Bachelor's degree. Canadians who possess a prior degree in any discipline can only enrol in the JD.

The compulsory law units for the LLB and JD are the same:

  • The LLB comprises 32 subjects in total, including 17 compulsory law units and 4 compulsory non-law units.
  • The JD comprises 24 subjects in total, all being law units, with 17 of the units being compulsory. Electives for the JD are taken from the LLM (Master of Laws) list rather than the LLB list.

What are the requirements for entry to Bond Law?

Admission decisions are made on an overall assessment of the application, with prior academic performance being the primary consideration. We generally expect Canadian applicants to have at least 70% (or GPA equivalent) undergraduate averages as a minimum requirement.

How do I gain professional admission in Canada?

To practice law in Canada, you will need to complete articles and a bar admission course. To be eligible for articles and a bar admission course in any of the common law provinces (ie excluding Quebec), a graduate of an Australian Law program will need a Certificate of Qualification (CQ) from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

The NCA issues a CQ to international qualified applicants confirming that the applicant has an understanding and knowledge of Canadian law and knowledge equivalent to that of a graduate of a Canadian common law program.
Application for a CQ is made to the NCA at the end of your Bond Law degree.  Once a Canadian Law student's application to the NCA is complete, including receipt by the NCA of final transcripts, the NCA will advise which challenge exams the graduate must complete.   In order for the NCA to issue the CQ, assessment criteria must be met. For more information on the assessment criteria see the NCA policies and guidelines.

Further information

Canadians interested in studying at Bond are invited to contact Stuart Floyd, International Regional Manager on stfloyd@bond.edu.au. Stuart is based in Toronto, Ontario full time and can be telephoned at +1 (416) 558-5353.

Disclaimer: Important information for students wishing to practice law outside of Australia
Information provided by or the Faculty of Law relating to requirements for practising law in jurisdictions outside of Australia is provided for informational use only. It should not be relied on without specifically confirming admission requirements with relevant authorities in the jurisdiction in which you wish to practice. Bond University and the Faculty of Law make no warranty, representation or undertaking whether express or implied, nor do they assume any legal responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of the information provided regarding the practice of law outside of Australia. Bond University and the Faculty of Law accept no liability, whether direct or indirect, for any loss or damage a person suffers because that person had directly or indirectly relied on any information provided regarding the practice of law outside of Australia. It is the responsibility of any student wishing to practice law overseas to investigate and confirm their eligibility (or otherwise) to do so.