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

The upcoming semester for this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with classes designed to support and engage all learners. Whether they're on campus or abroad, all students will be able to access Bond's exceptional and personalised learning experience through dynamic and interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions.

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 Studies8 
Diploma of Legal Studies8 
Diploma of Legal Studies8 
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws7 
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of International Relations / Bachelor of Laws7 
Diploma of Legal Studies7 
Diploma of Legal Studies7 
Diploma of Legal Studies7 

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.  Show less

ModeOn Campus and Remote
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world. 
Duration2 semesters (8 months)
Starting semesters
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023
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]

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 the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.

Semester program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2022: $16,240* per semester average

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2022: $32,480

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 most other universities.

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 costs to consider.

* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.

* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.

Domestic students

Entry into the Diploma of Legal Studies requires the successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent (OP 9 – 15 or ATAR 65 or better). Bond University College offers preparation programs (Foundation Program with an exit Cumulative Grade Point Average of 70% and Diploma Preparation Program with an exit Cumulative Grade Point Average of 65%) 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

If you do not meet direct entry, Bond University College offers the Diploma Preparation Program . You will qualify for the Diploma of Legal Studies if you successfully complete the Diploma Preparation Program with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 65%.

For more information, please contact:
Office of Future Students
Toll-free: 1800 074 074 (from within Australia)
Tel: +61 7 5595 2222 (from outside Australia)

International Students

View the International academic entry requirements for diplomas. 

Future outcomes

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.

 

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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