Bond University’s Faculty of Law has today announced that from Semester 1, 2017 it will be formally limiting annual commencement numbers in its popular Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Program.
The University will cap entry into its LLB Program at a total of 180 students per year. Students can commence the LLB in any of Bond’s three trimesters each year, so the annual total of 180 students will be divided into three small cohorts. The annual limit on enrolments will include both single degree and combined degree students, and will be maintained in subsequent semesters to keep each cohort small.
With over 10,000 students enrolling in law degrees in Australia each year, Bond University’s annual cap is consistent with recent commentary from the legal profession that law schools are producing too many law graduates.
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Nick James, said that Bond University has recently been once again ranked as the best University in Australia in terms of student experience and quality of teaching, and that it intended to hold that position.
“By keeping the number of law students in each cohort small, we can offer tutorials with a maximum enrolment of only 12 students, and ensure that each student receives a personalised learning experience with direct access to the subject coordinator," he said.
“Many of our law students wish to practice law, and at a time when the legal services industry is undergoing radical reform, law firm structures are changing, and competition for traditional legal jobs is increasing, we believe it is more important than ever that law students receive personalised attention and instruction to transform them into global legal professionals who are not only extremely employable, but are also positioned to thrive in the legal environment of tomorrow”.