Law at Bond
Recognised as one of Australia’s top law faculties, Bond Law’s focus on practical ‘lawyering’ skills and its international perspective provides an exciting and innovative learning experience.
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Bond Law degrees receive recognition around the world in varying capacities. In some cases, further study may be required to gain admission to practice law in another country.
Students come to Bond Law from around the world, and some return to their home countries to practice law after graduation. It is important to forge your path early so you can reach your goals and seek to practice in the jurisdiction of your choosing.
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Amendments to the Legal Profession Act of Brunei were passed in 2006 to recognise Australian practising certificates in Brunei. This means that citizens or permanent residents of Brunei who are qualified as a legal practitioner in any Australian State or Territory are now recognised to be qualified persons for the purpose of the Brunei Legal Profession Act. Such persons are eligible to seek admission as an advocate and solicitor in Brunei, subject to completing required pupillage requirements.
Australian law degrees are also recognised for the purposes of professional admission in Sabah and Sarawak; and the Bond University LLB is one of a limited number of Australian law degrees recognised by the Malaysian Legal Profession Qualifying Board for the purpose of professional admission in West Malaysia. Malaysians form the second largest international group within the Faculty of Law. A large number of Bond LLB graduates are now practising law in Malaysia. Sabah and Sarawak high schools compete in Bond's High Schools Mooting Competition.
Brunei students interested in studying at Bond are invited to contact Jim Corkery.
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. Read more
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. Read more
Bond University Faculty of Law has always had very strong connections with Fiji. Prior to the establishment of a law school at the University of the South Pacific, many Fijians attended Bond under a special scholarship arrangement with the Fijian Affairs Board. As a result, Bond graduates are prominent in the Fijian legal community and there is a strong alumni group in Suva.
The Law Faculty is keen to maintain its connections with Fiji and other Pacific Island nations. Special bursaries are therefore awarded to enable Pacific Island students to assist them attend the University. Read more
The Faculty of Law at Bond University has had the privilege of receiving a considerable number of students from France, mainly studying for postgraduate degrees.
French students often study a Master of Laws (LLM) at Bond to gain international experience and knowledge of the common law system. There are a number of specialisations students can take as part of their degrees such as International Trade Law, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Information Technology and E-commerce.
Die juristische Fakultät der Bond University bietet undergraduate- und postgraduate Abschlüssen an, welche maßgeschneidert sind, um die Absolventen für Berufsbilder sowohl im juristischen Bereich als auch in der Industrie und Regierungsstellen vorzubereiten.
Der juristische Lehransatz der Bond University kombiniert eine starke berufliche Orientierung mit einer Mischung aus akademischem Studium, beruflich relevanten Fächern sowie das Trainieren und Praktizieren von juristischen Fähigkeiten. Die Fakultät hat Expertise in allen juristische.
Hauptgebieten und ist bekannt für ihre Stärke in corporate und commercial law, international trade, dispute resolution, intellectual property, information technology, e-commerce und legal skills.
Die Fakultät ist bekannt als Innovator im Bereich der juristischen Bildung und wurde in Graduiertenbefragungen des Graduate Careers Australia konsistent als beste Law School Australiens gerankt.
Innerhalb des Studiums an der Bond University können Studierende dabei einen allgemeinen Master of Laws oder einen Master of Laws in den folgenden 4 Spezialisierungsrichtungen ablegen:
- Corporate and Commercial Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- International Trade Law
- Intellectual Property, Information Technology & E-commerce
In 2006, the Bond University Bachelor of Laws became one of a small group of Australian law degrees recognised by the Bar Council of India for the purpose of professional admission. Students from India will join a faculty which is multinational in character and includes ethnic Indians from Canada, Fiji and Malaysia as well as Australia. Indians interested in studying at Bond are invited to contact our International Regional Manager.
Bond Faculty of Law has also signed a cooperation agreement with Gujarat National Law University.
Recognition of LLB in India
The conditions for the recognition of our LLB by the Bar Council of India require that a student will have an undergraduate degree in another discipline. In addition, as per the requirements of recognition, students must undergo a 3 year regular course of study. Following graduation, students must pass an examination prescribed by the Bar Council of India to make them eligible for enrolment as advocates in India.
Note that the recognition rules issued by the Bar Council of India are subject to change.
Which law program should I take?
In order to be enrolled as an advocate in India, students should complete the LLB program as it is the only Bond law degree recognised by the Bar Council of India.
The Bond University Bachelor of Laws degree is one recognised by the admitting authorities in Malaysia for the purpose of being called to the bar. Bond's LLB degree is 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. Students are required to undertake all 17 compulsory law subjects in the LLB degree and must undertake the law elective subject, Equitable Remedies to satisfy the requirements of the admitting authorities in Malaysia. Read more
Recent legislative changes make it easy for Queensland and New Zealand trained legal practitioners to gain admission in the other jurisdiction.
In addition to its LLB program, Bond University offers a Professional Legal Training Program (PLT), comprising 15 weeks of classroom study and 15 weeks of structured work-based experience in a law office. Following completion of the PLT program, graduates may obtain practising certificates in Queensland or New South Wales. They can then be admitted in New Zealand under the Mutual Recognition arrangements.
The Faculty of Law has strong connections with New Zealand. One of the founding staff members at Bond was Professor George Hinde, formerly of the University of Auckland. For further information, please contact Jim Corkery.
Bond has strong links with Norway. Many Norwegian students have studied at Bond and several Norwegian academics have spent time at Bond as visiting staff. They include Professor Ernst Nordtveit from the University of Bergen and Professor Inge Unneberg from the University of Tromso.
We have an arrangement with the University of Bergen, Faculty of Law, under which Professor Nordtveit comes to Bond to teach Clean Energy Law for those students interested in European and Australian Energy Law. Our students can take the course as part of the elective component of their Bond degrees. Read more
Bond Faculty of Law has strong links with South Africa. There are South African faculty members as well as students.
Bond has strong links with the Scandinavian countries, including Sweden. Many Swedish students have studied at Bond and we have a staff exchange arrangement with the Faculty of Law at Stockholm University, which several professors from both universities have participated in. Read more
The United Arab Emirates
At the fourth round of negotiations for an Australia - UAE Free Trade Agreement, the UAE confirmed that Australian law degrees are currently recognised in the UAE. A UAE national who is a graduate of an Australian university law degree may return to the UAE and work for the government without any additional training. Graduates wishing to practice before the bar must complete additional units on sharia law required of all practising barristers in private practice in the UAE.
The United Kingdom
Australia and English Law are based on similar principles. Graduates in one jurisdiction can adapt easily to the law of the other jurisdiction. One of the most common career paths for young Australian Lawyers is to move to London for work for one of the international law firms which are based there. Scores of Bond graduates now work in London. Read more
The United States of America
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. Read more