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Information for students from China

There are currently more than 50 students from the PRC studying in law programs at Bond University, and Bond Law also has ethnic Chinese students and faculty members from Australia and other countries. Bond Law has a number of exchange agreements with key Chinese Universities, including Tsinghua University, Fudan University, China University of Political Science and Law, Southwest University of Political Science and Law and Nanjing University.

Many Chinese students at Bond are studying for one of our professional degrees: either the Juris Doctor (JD) or the Bachelor of Laws (LLB), while others are undertaking LLM, SJD or PhD degrees.

Gain Credit for Prior Recognition

For students who currently hold a civil law Bachelor of Laws degree (or equivalent), Bond University will:

  • Grant up to 6 subjects into the Juris Doctor Program.  These credits must be for law electives.
  • Students who receive credit for prior recognition could complete the Juris Doctor program in five (5) semesters dependent on the amount of credit approved.
  • Students will therefore need to complete 17 compulsory subjects and 1 postgraduate law elective.
  • A complimentary subject LAWS70-602 Australian Law and Language will be offered to students at no cost and no academic credit.

International support programs

Our Faculty of Law pays special attention to the needs and progress of our students from China. A number of our teaching staff have long standing academic relationships with highly respected Chinese educational institutions including Associate Professor Terry Gygar who has been a visiting Professor and lecturer at City University of Hong Kong and East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai and has a great deal of experience in assisting Chinese students to reach their full academic potential, as has Associate Professor Kay Lauchland. Associate Professors Gygar and Lauchland also organise a study tour to China each year for our Australian students.

Chinese students who are interested in studying at Bond are invited to contact our China Representative Rachel Lu. You are able to discuss Bond Law and its programs with Rachel and she may be able to meet you personally during one of her regular visits to the PRC.

Bond Law prides itself on its International outlook and has developed special programs to assist students from Civil Law countries and for whom English is a second language to be successful in their legal studies, such as the subject Australian Law and Language.  These special programs are particularly helpful to Chinese JD and LLB students.

Bond Law has an Asian Law Student Society which assists Asian students to integrate into Australian University life, study and society and holds regular seminars, functions and additional tutorials to assist our students. Each overseas student is also offered assistance by Australian and Chinese students who act as mentors and advisors in their first semesters.

Frequently asked questions

Which Law program should I take?

Students seeking a professional qualification who have already completed a first degree may enrol in the Juris Doctor (JD) program. Some of our Chinese JD students have already completed degrees in Chinese law before they come to Bond. Students who have not completed a first degree must enrol in the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program. Bond follows the Australian tradition in admitting high school graduates direct to the LLB program. Credit towards the elective component of the LLB degree will ordinarily be given for at least four subjects from any pre-law university studies.  Students who have a LLB, a JD or a JM (with LLB) degree may also be interested in studying an LLM at Bond University.

How do I become a Lawyer in Australia?

Students who complete a JD or LLB program at Bond University are eligible for admission to legal practice in Australia after they complete a Practical Legal Training (PLT) Course of 30 weeks duration. This course is offered at Bond University and all Bond JD and LLB Graduates are eligible to enrol.

There is no Bar Exam in Australia – students who complete a JD or LLB degree and a PLT Course are qualified to be admitted to legal practice in Australia.

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