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LAWS13-511: The Global Lawyer January 2019 [Intensive]

General information

The Global Lawyer is an elective subject in the Bachelor of Laws program offered by the Faculty of Law. The Global Lawyer focuses on international and transnational contexts of legal practice and provides students with exposure beyond the traditional Australian and common law concentration of their law degree. Students will be introduced to legal systems from other countries, developing skills necessary to practice in different cultures and systems, as well as to interact with clients and lawyers from other jurisdictions. 


Academic unit:Faculty of Law
Subject code:LAWS13-511
Subject title:The Global Lawyer
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Seminar
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Students are expected to attend all seminars. The subject is designed specifically around class participation in activities and discussion. Because of this, the subject is not suitable for recording, and it will not be recorded. Additionally, students will be assessed on class participation.


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Students are expected to have completed at least 120 credit points of LAWS subjects

Restrictions: ?

Must be admitted into a Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree OR be an approved Study Abroad OR Exchange Law Student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Analyse the role of the lawyer within diverse legal systems in a global context
  2. Critique transnational legal practice from the perspective of ethics and accountability
  3. Evaluate the role of digital technologies in transnational and domestic legal practice
  4. Integrate diverse elements of transnational legal practice to build a personal profile indicative of a skilled global lawyer


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Class Participation You are expected to attend each of the timetabled seminars, for the whole session and to participate in discussions and activities in the seminars. You must demonstrate: - active listening - appropriate oral communication skills; in both a large and small group setting, as well as one-on-one - the preparation you have done for the seminar - your engagement in the topics for each seminar - your understanding of the concepts under discussion 10% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4.
Reflective Exercise CV cover letter – Write a cover letter for a job application in response to a job advertisement, in a way that demonstrates an understanding of the knowledge, skills and attributes of a global lawyer. There is no word limit attached to this assessment but it must not be longer than two pages. You are not required to write a full CV, but to write a covering letter that answers the targeted questions listed in the instructions, demonstrating a critically reflective approach to the requisite qualities of the global lawyer. 30% Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4.
Capstone Project Critical analysis – Use your understanding of the key concepts in this subject and your research skills to identify a contemporary issue facing ‘global lawyers’ and to critically analyse the issue, presenting your analysis in the medium of your choice. You must demonstrate your capability with the technology required for the relevant medium and the tone of communication for that medium. The medium may be a written report; series of three blog posts; or a podcast, video or other software application. 60% Week 12 1, 2, 3.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

This topic introduces the concept of globalisation in the context of legal practice and the restructuring of legal services. It compares and contrasts concepts of non-domestic law and their role in the global legal order. Students will analyse the changing role of the lawyer in the context of an emergent global profession.

This topic introduces the idea of comparative legal systems, against a benchmark of common law processes to highlight the divergent—and consonant—systems of law throughout the world. Students will compare and contrast lawyering roles across diverse systems in terms of common law constructs of justice and professional ethics, and be provided with the opportunity to reflect on personal and professional identity in terms of justice in diverse jurisdictional contexts.

In light of the global context of legal practice, in this seminar students will be introduced to the importance of and the skills involved in cultural competency in the context of legal practice with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and attitudes of cultural competency in novel scenarios. Further, students will have the opportunity to reflect on the personal and professional implications of practice in jurisdictions with divergent ethical and human rights frameworks.

This topic engages with the role of digital technologies in the globalisation of legal practice. The lawyer, now inevitably practicing ‘globally’, requires knowledge and skill in information security in a global context. The topic canvasses the meaning and importance of digital capabilities in the context of a legal professional, affording the opportunity to critically analyse the role of technology in the law.

This capstone topic draws together the knowledge, skills and attitudes of previous topics to construct a frame of understanding of ‘the borderless lawyer’. Within this framework, students will engage critically with the diverse facets of the lawyer’s role in the provision of global legal services both theoretically and practically, through case studies of legally and ethically controversial transnational activities.

Approved on: Nov 9, 2018. Edition: 1.1
Last updated: Aug 21, 2020.