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Study your postgraduate law degree in Australia

The September 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.  

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.

Canada

The Faculty of Law at Bond University has strong links with Canada.  Canadians can enrol in the Juris Doctor program and complete this within two years of full-time study (6 semesters).  Canadian students can elect to complete a specialisation in Canadian Law and Practice by completing the Canadian electives on offer which include Canadian Criminal Law, Foundations of Canadian Law, Canadian Constitutional Law and Canadian Administrative Law.  In addition, students receive a complimentary online course offered each semester on Canadian Professional Responsibility.  

Students are supported throughout their degree by dedicated academics and an active Canadian Law Students' Association.

For more information on the Bond Law Canadian program can be found here.

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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 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.
Duration6 semesters (2 years)
Starting semesters
  • September 2020
  • January 2021
  • May 2021
  • September 2021
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023
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]

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 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 2020: $20,417* per semester average
  • Students commencing study in 2021: $21,253* per semester average

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2020: $122,500
  • Students commencing study in 2021: $127,520

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.

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.

Future outcomes

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.

A Juris Doctor from Bond University is considered a qualifying Law degree for the purpose of practising Law in Canada. Students who complete the JD at Bond are required to apply to the National Committee on Accreditation, part of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, to obtain a Certificate of Qualification in order to be eligible to apply for articling and legal registration in the provincial jurisdiction of their choosing. For more information, please visit the National Committee on Accreditation.

 

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 completion of the Juris Doctor, students have the option of continuing their studies to obtain either a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice or a Master of Laws.

The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) is available to a person who wishes to practise law in Australia.  It is a structured program which provides supervised legal training based on the competency standards for entry level lawyers.  Upon successful completion of the GDLP program, students will receive credit for two of the eight subjects in the Master of Laws program.

The Master of Laws 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. 

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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