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Your legal education in Australia starts here with a Bond University Diploma of Legal Studies.

Study your Diploma of Legal Studies in Australia and become familiar with the Australian legal system. Upon successful completion, you could pathway into the Bachelor of Laws at Bond.

The Diploma of Legal Studies provides a supported preparation and pathway for further undergraduate study in Law.

Bond University Diploma students are integrated into the Bond community from day one! As a Bond student you will have access to all of Bond university’s state of the art facilities. You will learn with university students but also have the support of extra tutorials just for Diploma students. Complete your Legal Studies Diploma in only eight months and articulate into the third semester of a Bond University degree. Transition into a university degree seamlessly having already been part of the bond community.

Below is an example of some of the degrees our diploma programs credit into.

Diploma ProgramBachelor ProgramNumber of Credits
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of Laws8
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of Business Law8
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of Jurisprudence8
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws7
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of International Relations / Bachelor of Laws7

What our students say

Amelia Ho, Malaysia

Diploma of Legal Studies > Bachelor of Laws

"My journey was one that I never expected. An awesome journey which changed my life. Studying a diploma gave me understanding of university life prior to my law degree. I know I made the right choice to study at Bond because the teachers and staff were very helpful in my studies. The subjects that I took provided additional knowledge which helped me to understand more about the law and issues in society. I really enjoyed my study at Bond University".

Amelia Ho, Malaysia

Diploma of Legal Studies > Bachelor of Laws

"My journey was one that I never expected. An awesome journey which changed my life. Studying a diploma gave me understanding of university life prior to my law degree. I know I made the right choice to study at Bond because the teachers and staff were very helpful in my studies. The subjects that I took provided additional knowledge which helped me to understand more about the law and issues in society. I really enjoyed my study at Bond University".

Key features

  • Complete your diploma in only eight months
  • Integrate into the university environment from day one
  • Have the support of extra tutorials just for diploma students
  • Articulate into the third semester of the corresponding bachelor program

About the program

The Diploma of Legal Studies will be of interest to students planning a career where a knowledge of fundamental legal principles and basic legal skills will be of use, e.g. business administration, legal administration, federal, state or local government administration. It will also be of interest to students who have a general interest in the law as an area of study. Show more

The Diploma of Legal Studies will be of interest to students planning a career where a knowledge of fundamental legal principles and basic legal skills will be of use, e.g. business administration, legal administration, federal, state or local government administration. It will also be of interest to students who have a general interest in the law as an area of study.

The Diploma of Legal Studies will teach students core skills to enhance their career prospects, whether that be a student fresh out of school or someone wishing to upgrade their qualifications. Some core skills covered include; familiarity with the fundamental features of Australia’s legal system, the principles of business law and contract law, contemporary legal and ethical issues confronting Australian society, communicating in groups, conflict resolution, problem solving, individual and group decision making, and an understanding of ethics, morals and cultural beliefs.

Successful completion of the Diploma of Legal Studies guarantees students a place in most undergraduate degrees at Bond University, with a possible 80 credit points credited towards their new program of study. Students are advised to check the degree study structures online to confirm for which subjects they may receive credit. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration2 semesters (8 months)
Starting semesters
  • September 2019
  • January 2020
  • May 2020
  • September 2020
  • January 2021
  • May 2021
  • September 2021
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
Program typeDiploma
Study areaFoundation Programs, Law
Program codeCO-00011
CRICOS code080298C
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

Successful completion of the Diploma of Legal Studies will provide students with a pathway to most Bond University undergraduate degrees, including the Bachelor of Laws, or a start to their career where a knowledge of fundamental legal principles and basic legal skills will be of use, e.g. business administration, legal administration, federal, state or local government administration.

The Diploma of Legal Studies is a two semester (full-time) program of 8 compulsory subjects and 1 compulsory skills building subject. Students must complete the following (8) subjects for the Diploma of Legal Studies:

*BCAS01-020 Academic Skills is a compulsory 0 credit point subject that provides you with core academic skills including referencing, academic writing and time management. It must be completed in your first semester (Weeks 2 to 6)

Recommended study plan

For information regarding appropriate enrolment for each semester, we recommend that students see the Program Structure and Sequence webpage.

The below fees are based on an average per semester cost, fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester:

  • 2019 fees: $14,720 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
  • 2020 fees: $15,680 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other living costs to consider.

Domestic students

Entry into the Diploma of Legal Studies requires the successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent (OP 9 – 15 or ATAR 61.85 or better). Bond University College offers tertiary preparation programs (Foundation Program and University Preparation Program) for students who do not currently have the required academic qualifications.

  • Work experience - ANZCO Skill level 3 for greater than 1 year full-time equivalent
  • Incomplete Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation (3 subjects with grade average of 4.76-5.25)
  • STAT result of 149
  • OP ineligible Schedule equivalent rank OP 9 – 15

For alternate means of entry please contact:

Office of Future Students
Toll-free: 1800 074 074 (from within Australia)
Tel: +61 7 5595 2222 (from outside Australia)
Email: [email protected]

International students

English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no sub score less than 5.5) or equivalent.

Country 
AfghanistanAfghanistan Grade 12 Graduation Certificate grade average 80% in final year results
ArgentinaArgentine Bachillerato grade average of 7.4 in the final year results
BahrainSecondary School Leaving Certificate with a 78% grade average of final year
BangladeshHigher Secondary Certificate grade average of 3.3 in final year results.
BotswanaGCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5)
BrazilCertificado de Ensino Medio grade average of 7.8 in final year results
BruneiGCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5)
CanadaProvincial High School Diploma or Ontario Secondary School Diploma grade average of 50% in final year results
ChileLicencia de Educacion Media final year grade of 5.9, plus an overall score on the Prueba de Seleccion Universitaria of 600.
ChinaSenior Middle 3 with 60% average in final year results.
ColombiaColombian Bachillerato final year grade of 78, plus an overall score on the National Aptitude Test of 250
DenmarkSenior High School (Studentereksamen) grade average of 5.7 on a 13 scale
EcuadorEcuadorean Bachillerato Grade average of 15.6 in the final year results
El SalvadorSalvadorean Bachillerato Grade average of 7.8 in the final year results
FijiForm 7 average of 48% in best 4 subjects
FinlandLukionpäästötodistus grade average of 7.8 in the final year results
FranceFrench Baccalaureate successful completion and a grade average of 9.8/20
GermanySenior High School (Abitur) or equivalent with a grade average of 4.1
GhanaWAEC West African Senior School Certificate with grades achieved at a minimum of B3 level or 4.1. GCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5).
GreeceApolytirion 9.6 grade average in final year results
Hong Kong, SAR

Total of 14 points - Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE). Entry requirements are based on the combined total points achieved from the best 5 Category A subjects.

IndiaAn India Senior Secondary School Certificate average of 35%(awarded by CBSE or CISCE) or, 50% (from all other Boards) in 4 academic subjects.
IndonesiaIndonesia Secondary School Leaving Certificate Average grade of 7.8 for final year results
IranIran Pre-University Certificate average grade of 9.6 for final year result
IraqIraqi Certificate of Preparatory Studies average grade of 78% for final year results
ItalyEsame Di Stato Successful completion with aggregate of 58
JapanUpper Secondary School Graduation Diploma grade average of 3.7 in final year results
JordanSecondary School Leaving Certificate with a 78% grade average of final year
KazakhstanKazakhstan Certificate of Completed Secondary Education average grade of 4.1 in final year results
KenyaKCSE average grade of 3.7 in best 8 subjects
KuwaitSecondary School Leaving Certificate with a 78% grade average of final year
LibyaSecondary School Leaving Certificate with a 78% grade average of final year
MalaysiaMalaysia Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examination Certificate with a C8 (pass) in 6 subjects
MexicoMexican Upper Secondary School Program (Bachillerato or Preparatria program) average grade of 8.3 for final year results
MoldovaMoldova Diploma de Bacalaureat grade average of 4.8 in final year results, or Moldova Atestat de Studii Medii de Cultura Generala grade average of 7.8 in final year results
MyanmarMyanmar Basic Education High School Exam grade of 76% in final year results
NepalNepalese Proficiency Certificate with a grade average of 81% in final year, or Nepalese Higher Secondary Certificate with a grade average of 76% in the final year.
New CaledoniaFrench Baccalaureate successful completion and a grade average of 9.8/20
NigeriaWAEC West African Senior School Certificate with grades achieved at a minimum of B3 level or 4.1. GCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5).
NorwayNorwegian Certificate of Completion of Upper Secondary School Examinations with GPA of 2.9
OmanSecondary School Leaving Certificate with a 78% grade average of final year
PakistanHigher Secondary School or Intermediate Certificate – Humanities & Science Streams: Grade average of 71% in final year results; Higher Secondary School or Intermediate Certificate – Pre-Eng & Pre-Med Streams: Grade average of 33% in final year results
Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea Upper Secondary School Certificate (prior to 2011 known as Papua New Guinea Higher School Certificate) Grade average of 3.7 in best 5 subjects
ParaguayParaguayan Bachillerato Grade average of 7.4 in final year results
PeruPeruvian Official Certificate of Secondary Education Grade average of 16.0 in final year results
PolandPolish Matura grade average of 27% in the best 3 extended level (Poziom Rozszerzony) subjects
RussiaCertificate of Completed Secondary Education grade average of 4.1 in final year
Saudi ArabiaSecondary School Leaving Certificate with a 78% grade average of final year
Sierra LeoneWAEC West African Senior School Certificate with grades achieved at a minimum of B3 level or 4.1. GCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5).
SingaporeNational University of Singapore High School Diploma with a CAP for Graduation of 2.5 where A+, A=5.0, A-=4.5, B+=4.0, B=3.5, B-=3.0, C+=2.5, C=2.0, D+=1.5, D=1.0, F=0.
South AfricaNational Senior Certificate grade average of 3.8 in the best 5 subjects (excluding Life Orientation  and Mathematics - Third Paper)
South KoreaSpecialised High School Diploma average grade of 1.9 in final year, or High school Diploma average grade of 3.7 in final year
SpainSpanish Secondary School Diploma average grade of 7.8 in the final year results
Sri LankaGCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5)
SwedenSwedish Secondary School Certificate (Slutbetyg/Avgangsbetyg) average grade of 1.9 in final year results
SwitzerlandSwiss Cantonal Maturity Certificate, or Cantonal Commercial Maturity Certificate grade average of 3.9 in final year results, or Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate grade average of 3.9 on a 6-point scale), 5.8 (10-point scale) or 2.9 (5-point scale) in final year results
TaiwanSenior High School with 83% in final year results
ThailandThailand Certificate of Secondary Education Matayom 6 (M6) with an overall average of 78%
TurkeyDevlet Lise Diplomasi (High School Diploma) grade average of 3.7 in final year results
UkraineUkraine Certificate of Complete Secondary Education grade average of 4.1 in final year results
United Arab EmiratesSecondary School Leaving Certificate with a 78% grade average of final year
United KingdomGCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5)
United States of AmericaHigh School Diploma and completed SAT with a minimum score of 980, or High School Diploma and Enhanced ACT Assessment Complete ACT with minimum composite score of 21. Note: New SAT results are for tests after March 2016
VenezuelaVenezuelan Bachillerato Grade average of 15.6 in the final year results
VietnamUpper Secondary Education Graduation Diploma with 7.8 average in 4 academic subjects.
ZimbabweGCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5)
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC)Global Assessment Certificate GPA of 1.6
International Baccalaureate Diploma/CertificateAggregate score of 24
 

What our academics say

Jackson Walkden-Brown

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law

“It’s been an absolute pleasure delivering the introduction to law for Diploma students in recent years. I am always impressed by their enthusiasm and work ethic."

Jackson Walkden-Brown

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law

“It’s been an absolute pleasure delivering the introduction to law for Diploma students in recent years. I am always impressed by their enthusiasm and work ethic."

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