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Study Abroad: USA Pre-Law Experience

American Undergraduates: Be a Law Student for a Semester

American students are sometimes surprised to learn that in Australia, students may study for a law degree as an undergraduate. Bond Law offers several ways that American study abroad and exchange students can try out actual first-semester law classes similar to what you would study during the first year of an American JD program during your semester at Bond. This experience may interest students who are considering whether to apply to law school after receiving their bachelor's degree: testing out law may help you decide whether to take the LSATs and apply for law school and it will give you an edge over other students if you do eventually start your law degree.

Bond offers a specially designed one-semester study abroad Pre-Law Experience for undergraduate students from the USA who are considering entry to their Juris Doctor in a US law school. Conducted as part of your undergraduate degree, the Experience will give you an initial understanding of legal concepts from both the United States and Australian common law perspectives. Taught by academics from Columbia Law School who have worked in major New York firms, the program enables students to experience the law before entering US law school.

Experience the World of Law

Students will:

  • Undertake up to four first-year law subjects that introduce major Australian and US legal concepts;
  • Be taught by a range of qualified academics, including two graduates of Columbia Law School with almost 20 years’ combined experience working at top New York City law firms;
  • Enjoy opportunities to meet visiting judges, lawyers and career advisors who can highlight the diverse career opportunities available;
  • Join a Faculty that is evenly balanced between domestic and international students;
  • Learn in a small class environment with a maximum tutorial size of 12;
  • Experience lively classroom discussions within a cohort of well prepared and engaged peers;
  • Benefit from an open door policy with academic staff who know each student by name; and
  • Study at a premier, private university with world-class facilities, including high-tech courtrooms and purpose built mediation rooms.


The four-month one-semester Pre-Law Experience commences in January and September each year, to align with US study timetables. Two structures are available.

Can I Practice in the USA With a Bond Juris Doctor?

States in which graduates with an Australian law qualification may currently be eligible to sit for the bar examinations include Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oregon and Tennessee. In some other states, including California, Australian graduates can become eligible with an additional period of study at an American law school. Most foreign graduates seek admission in California or New York, where about one-third of American lawyers are located.

Professional admission in the USA requires successful completion of state bar examinations. Eligibility requirements to sit for the bar examinations vary from state to state. Information is available through the American Bar Association.

Note that admission rules are subject to change. The rules in each jurisdiction should be examined carefully to determine the requirements.

Find out more about the Juris Doctor program.

Staff Profile

Assistant Professor Victoria Baumfield

Tory began teaching at Bond University in 2008. Prior to that, after receiving her JD from Columbia Law School in New York City, where she was Head Notes Editor of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Tory spent 9 years as an associate at the Wall Street law firm, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP. Tory worked primarily in commercial litigation, where she represented corporate clients including large banks, insurance companies, and venture capital funds in litigations and arbitrations in various arenas including the New York, California,and Texas state and federal courts. Tory's matters included the representation of two well known banks in the French Banks Holocaust Litigation filed in the EDNY federal court, for which she spent substantial time in France. Among her other matters, Tory also spent over 130 days in trial on two high-profile reinsurance arbitrations, with successful outcomes in both. Previously, Tory was a summer associate at another large New York law firm and completed internships with a federal judge in the District of New Jersey; a midsized Swiss law firm in Geneva, Switzerland; and in the United States Congress, Washington, DC, in the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Tory's current research focuses on the corporate governance of government business enterprises. She has published and presented at conferences in this area, and is currently pursuing her PhD on this topic at the University of Queensland.

More Information

For more information about this program at Bond, please contact our International Regional Manager, Stuart Floyd, via email or by phone on +1 416 558 5353.

Read more information about our Study Abroad program.