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Study your postgraduate law degree in Australia

In a globalised legal profession, gaining your Juris Doctor from Bond University is highly valued and cements your understanding of international legal issues. The Bond Juris Doctor is acknowledged as a legal qualification that provides students with a strong foundation in the law. A Juris Doctor from Bond University allows graduates to practise in multiple jurisdictions, although students need to check Admission requirements in their home country.

The Juris Doctor is a rigorous law curriculum that focuses on the academic development of students where you will learn the essential skills of being a lawyer. You will also have the opportunity to gain practical experience in our Bond Law Clinics, which work with the profession and community on a pro-bono basis or to compete in one of our acclaimed mooting teams.

Championing change through law practice

Bond Law graduate, Luke, shares why he chose to pursue a Juris Doctor and complete his postgraduate study at Bond University.

Key features

  • Small class sizes creating a personalised learning environment
  • An embedded Integrated Skills and Professionalism Program
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Opportunities to gain practical experience while studying
  • An outstanding Mooting Program to further develop your legal skills

About the program

The Juris Doctor prepares students for a career as a legal professional, both within Australia and overseas. It is an alternative to the Bachelor of Laws for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline. The Juris Doctor provides students with a thorough grounding in essential areas of substantive law and access to a wide choice of law elective subjects, including the option of completing a specialisation. Show more

The Juris Doctor prepares students for a career as a legal professional, both within Australia and overseas. It is an alternative to the Bachelor of Laws for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline. The Juris Doctor provides students with a thorough grounding in essential areas of substantive law and access to a wide choice of law elective subjects, including the option of completing a specialisation. An integrated skills and professionalism program is embedded in the degree and focuses on core legal skills essential to the practice of law. The Juris Doctor provides an engaging learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration6 semesters (2 years)
Starting semesters
  • May 2019
  • September 2019
  • January 2020
  • May 2020
  • September 2020
Program typeMasters Coursework
Study areaLaw
Program codeLA-43055
CRICOS code093923J
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

The Juris Doctor is an approved degree for the purposes of admission as a legal practitioner in all Australian jurisdictions, in conjunction with further study (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice) or a traineeship. The Juris Doctor degree can also be used to apply for admission internationally.

The Juris Doctor prepares graduates to pursue careers in the public or private sector, such as solicitors, barristers, government lawyers, in-house counsel, judge's associates, academics or business leaders. Bond Law graduates are employed in top tier law firms throughout Australia and overseas, including Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Scandinavia, Singapore, United Kingdom and USA.

Students are always advised to confirm admission requirements in the particular jurisdiction in which they wish to practise.

View the Juris Doctor - Program Structure and Sequencing for all semesters of commencement.

The Juris Doctor program comprises 24 subjects:

Law compulsory subjects (17)

Law electives (7)

Students must complete postgraduate law electives from the Faculty of Law’s offerings.

Students may choose to complete an optional Law Specialisation in one of the following areas:

To be eligible for a Law Specialisation, students must complete a minimum of four (4) of their law electives (40 credit points) within one of the above areas. Eligible students will receive a Specialisation Certificate at the completion of their program.

Juris Doctor degree with Distinction

Students may be eligible to receive the Juris Doctor degree with Distinction. Please see the Law Honours / Distinction information page for eligibility requirements.

International students

To fulfil student visa requirements, students will need to enrol in a minimum of 4 subjects per semester.

Domestic students

Most students undertake four (4) subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points). You may however enrol in fewer subjects and extend your degree over a longer period.

Teaching methodology

Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

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: $19,433 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
  • 2020 fees: $20,417 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.

Academic entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree or equivalent.

Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. 

For students holding a civil law Bachelor of Laws degree:

  • Bond University will grant 6 subject credits into the Juris Doctor Degree. These credits will be for law elective subjects.
  • Students who receive credit will complete the Juris Doctor degree in five (5) semesters.
  • Students will be required to complete 17 compulsory law subjects and 1 postgraduate law elective subject.
  • A complimentary subject LAWS70-602 Australian Law and Language will be offered to students at no cost and no academic credit.

Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information.

Key dates

Bond University calendar

How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the online application form. To find out more about the application process please refer to how to apply.

 

What our academics say

Lisa Bonin, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Bond University

Lisa Bonin

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law

“As a former litigator with a leading national law firm in Canada, I really appreciate Bond’s integrated practical skills curriculum. This is something that most law students don’t get to experience and, in my view, really sets our graduates apart. For our Canadian students, the focus on skills continues through into our Canadian courses and really prepares these students for their return to Canada.”

Lisa Bonin, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Bond University

Lisa Bonin

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law

“As a former litigator with a leading national law firm in Canada, I really appreciate Bond’s integrated practical skills curriculum. This is something that most law students don’t get to experience and, in my view, really sets our graduates apart. For our Canadian students, the focus on skills continues through into our Canadian courses and really prepares these students for their return to Canada.”

 

Further study

Are you interested in further postgraduate study? After competition of the Juris Doctor, students have the option of continuing their studies to obtain a Master of Laws. The LLM is a postgraduate law qualification that provides flexibility and choice with a wide range of specialist areas, which means you can design your master's degree to suit your area of interest and needs. Upon successful completion of the PLT program, students will receive credit for two of the eight subjects in the LLM program.

How Bond Law graduates are embracing opportunity

Bond University Alumnus Matt shares about studying a Master of Laws at Bond. Matt now works in the Commonwealth Department of Social Services in Canberra, Australia.

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