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Bachelor of Journalism/ Bachelor of Laws

Program overview

Bond’s accelerated three-semester-per-year timetable makes it easy to tackle a double degree. In fact, you can complete two degrees here in less time than you could graduate with just one at most other universities. 

Bond’s Bachelor of Journalism / Bachelor of Laws combination, for instance, can be done in 4 years (12 semesters) whereas it can take up to 4 years to complete a single Law degree elsewhere. 

The combination of Journalism and Law will help you develop a multi-layered skillset that will make you stand out to employers in almost any industry or work setting. 

You will develop written and oral communication, and you will gain a thorough and up-to-the-minute understanding of digital platforms, social media, mainstream, and new media.  The Bachelor of Laws is an approved degree for the purpose of admission to legal practice. 

Studying these two in-demand degrees concurrently also represents a significant cost saving compared to studying the two degrees separately.

Program code: HL-21054

CRICOS code: 093918F

Program overview

Bond’s accelerated three-semester-per-year timetable makes it easy to tackle a double degree. In fact, you can complete two degrees here in less time than you could graduate with just one at most other universities. 

Bond’s Bachelor of Journalism / Bachelor of Laws combination, for instance, can be done in 4 years (12 semesters) whereas it can take up to 4 years to complete a single Law degree elsewhere. 

The combination of Journalism and Law will help you develop a multi-layered skillset that will make you stand out to employers in almost any industry or work setting. 

You will develop written and oral communication, and you will gain a thorough and up-to-the-minute understanding of digital platforms, social media, mainstream, and new media.  The Bachelor of Laws is an approved degree for the purpose of admission to legal practice. 

Studying these two in-demand degrees concurrently also represents a significant cost saving compared to studying the two degrees separately.

Program code: HL-21054

CRICOS code: 093918F

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About this program

The Bachelor of Journalism is driven by a digital-first ethos and grounded in core journalistic traditions and values of truth, fairness and accuracy. This approach empowers students to harness and exploit established and emerging technologies to create career opportunities and new pathways. Students learn to conceptualise and create original and compelling content across platforms and are encouraged to use digital storytelling to engage with social issues and advocate for change. Throughout their degree, students build a substantial portfolio of practical work aligned with industry standards, in the process defining themselves as specialised professionals via a choice of real-world majors and minors. Students have access to world-class facilities and opportunities to report for local, national and international media outlets. We offer journalism and digital media internships in Australia and abroad, including New York, Washington, Beijing and London. 

The Bachelor of Laws prepares students for a career as a legal professional, both within Australia and overseas. It 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 Bachelor of Laws provides an engaging learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

What you'll be studying

  • Study overview

    The Bachelor of Journalism / Bachelor of Laws combination totals 48 subjects (480 credit points). A full-time study load is 40 credit points per semester, meaning that you will finish your degree in 12 semesters – 4 years at Bond.

Program features

  • Learn by doing

    Bond’s Bachelor of Journalism has a strong focus on digital storytelling and practical applications. In our state-of-the-art news studios and multimedia editing suites, you will develop podcasts, videos, and social media content, as well as informative articles, investigative stories, television segments, and radio.

  • Diverse career pathways

    A double degree increases your career options. You can choose to follow the pathway to becoming a practising lawyer, go straight into a journalism/communications role or explore exciting careers that combine both disciplines.

  • Gain practical experience

    You’ll gain more than a degree. At Bond you’ll have opportunities to hone your skills either in journalism or the law by undertaking work experience or internships and may be involved in our mooting teams that compete nationally and internationally, the Bond Law Clinic program, journalism internships with major media and communications organisations like Channel 7 and Channel 10, volunteering, and team-based projects as part of only-at-Bond experiences like Beyond Bond and Transformer.

  • Industry in the classroom

    Our academics don’t just work in industry but are leaders in their field. In your law classes, you will be taught by outstanding academics with extensive industry experience while your journalism lecturers include Walkley Award-winning podcaster, Caroline Graham, and smartphone photographer and filmmaker, Rob Layton.

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Hear from our Bondies

  • "Bond lecturers have carefully researched the skills and traits that the next generation of graduates will need in this fast-changing discipline. Our courses empower students to choose specialist majors. So, from the outset, students can begin to brand themselves as professionals in any of the various creative niches. We aim to offer our students a personal, experiential, and transformational learning experience."

    Dr Marilyn Mitchell - Faculty of Society & Design
  • “Bond law programs are delivered by passionate legal educators who focus on both theoretical concepts and the development of hands-on skills. As a result, students emerge ready for the workforce, which is apparent when they enter industry with the knowledge and skills to provide solutions and really make a name for themselves.”

    Dr Umair Ghori - Associate Professor
  • "Studying a journalism at Bond has exceeded my expectations in many ways. I’ve been fortunate to learn from industry professionals who I’d see in class one day and on the evening news the next. With chances to get involved in real projects and cover big events in a functioning newsroom, I’ve not only gained skills on paper, but I’ve had the chance to put them into action. I have been exposed to incredible networking opportunities through attending major events and undertaking an internship through Bond."

    Emily Bradfield - Journalism alumna
  • "This combined degree enabled me to understand complex concepts and communicate them in a simple and effective way. I loved the variety of industry doors it opened, from law, to communications, journalism, advertising, and marketing. Your connections are unparalleled - in fact, one of my teachers connected me with my first job. I’ve established my career as a copywriter and content specialist, working for a multi-national advertising agency, and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games."

    Fiona Self - Journalism and Law alumna
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Hear from our Bondies

  • "Bond lecturers have carefully researched the skills and traits that the next generation of graduates will need in this fast-changing discipline. Our courses empower students to choose specialist majors. So, from the outset, students can begin to brand themselves as professionals in any of the various creative niches. We aim to offer our students a personal, experiential, and transformational learning experience."

    Dr Marilyn Mitchell - Faculty of Society & Design
  • “Bond law programs are delivered by passionate legal educators who focus on both theoretical concepts and the development of hands-on skills. As a result, students emerge ready for the workforce, which is apparent when they enter industry with the knowledge and skills to provide solutions and really make a name for themselves.”

    Dr Umair Ghori - Associate Professor
  • "This combined degree enabled me to understand complex concepts and communicate them in a simple and effective way. I loved the variety of industry doors it opened, from law, to communications, journalism, advertising, and marketing. Your connections are unparalleled - in fact, one of my teachers connected me with my first job. I’ve established my career as a copywriter and content specialist, working for a multi-national advertising agency, and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games."

    Fiona Self - Journalism and Law alumna
  • "Studying a journalism at Bond has exceeded my expectations in many ways. I’ve been fortunate to learn from industry professionals who I’d see in class one day and on the evening news the next. With chances to get involved in real projects and cover big events in a functioning newsroom, I’ve not only gained skills on paper, but I’ve had the chance to put them into action. I have been exposed to incredible networking opportunities through attending major events and undertaking an internship through Bond."

    Emily Bradfield - Journalism alumna
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