About the program

The Diploma of Legal Studies will be of interest to students planning a career where a knowledge of fundamental legal principles and basic legal skills will be of use, e.g. business administration, legal administration, federal, state or local government administration. It will also be of interest to students who have a general interest in the law as an area of study.

The Diploma of Legal Studies will teach students core skills to enhance their career prospects, whether that be a student fresh out of school or someone wishing to upgrade their qualifications. Some core skills covered include; familiarity with the fundamental features of Australia’s legal system, the principles of business law and contract law, contemporary legal and ethical issues confronting Australian society, communicating in groups, conflict resolution, problem solving, individual and group decision making, and an understanding of ethics, morals and cultural beliefs.

Successful completion of the Diploma of Legal Studies guarantees students a place in most undergraduate degrees at Bond University, with a possible 80 credit points credited towards their new program of study. Students are advised to check the degree study structures online to confirm for which subjects they may receive credit.

Successful completion of the Diploma of Legal Studies will provide students with a pathway to most Bond University undergraduate degrees, including the Bachelor of Laws, or a start to their career where a knowledge of fundamental legal principles and basic legal skills will be of use, e.g. business administration, legal administration, federal, state or local government administration.

The Diploma of Legal Studies is a two semester (full-time) program of 8 compulsory subjects and 1 compulsory skills building subject. Students must complete the following (8) subjects for the Diploma of Legal Studies:

*Academic Skills (BCAS01-020) is a compulsory 0 credit point subject that provides you with core academic skills including referencing, academic writing and time management. It must be completed in your first semester (Weeks 2 to 6)

Recommended study plan

For information regarding appropriate enrolment for each semester, we recommend that students see the Program Structure and Sequence webpage.

Domestic students

Entry into the Diploma of Legal Studies requires the successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent (OP 15 or better or ATAR 63.40 or better). Bond University College offers tertiary preparation programs (Foundation Program and University Preparation Program) for students who do not currently have the required academic qualifications.

  • Work experience - ANZCO Skill level 3 for greater than 1 year full-time equivalent
  • Incomplete Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation (3 subjects with grade average of 4.76-5.25)
  • STAT result of 149
  • OP ineligible Schedule equivalent rank OP 15 or better

For alternate means of entry please contact:

Office of Future Students
Toll-free: 1800 074 074 (from within Australia)
Tel: +61 7 5595 2222 (from outside Australia)
Email: information@bond.edu.au

International students

English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

CountryTER 
Afghanistan68Afghanistan Grade 12 Graduation Certificate grade average 80% in final year results
Argentina68Argentine Bachillerato grade average of 7.4 in the final year results
Bahrain68Secondary School Leaving Certificate with a 78% grade average of final year
Bangladesh68Higher Secondary Certificate grade average of 3.3 in final year results.
Botswana75GCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5)
Brazil68Certificado de Ensino Medio grade average of 7.8 in final year results
Brunei75GCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5)
Canada50-75Provincial High School Diploma or Ontario Secondary School Diploma grade average of 50% in final year results
Chile67Licencia de Educacion Media final year grade of 5.9, plus an overall score on the Prueba de Seleccion Universitaria of 600.
China50Senior Middle 3 with 60% average in final year results.
Colombia67Colombian Bachillerato final year grade of 78, plus an overall score on the National Aptitude Test of 250
Denmark70Senior High School (Studentereksamen) grade average of 5.7 on a 13 scale
Ecuador68Ecuadorean Bachillerato Grade average of 15.6 in the final year results
El Salvador68Salvadorean Bachillerato Grade average of 7.8 in the final year results
Fiji70Form 7 average of 48% in best 4 subjects
Finland68Lukionpäästötodistus grade average of 7.8 in the final year results
France70French Baccalaureate successful completion and a grade average of 9.8/20
Germany70Senior High School (Abitur) or equivalent with a grade average of 4.1
Ghana68WAEC West African Senior School Certificate with grades achieved at a minimum of B3 level or 4.1. GCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5).
Greece70Apolytirion 9.6 grade average in final year results
Hong Kong, SAR70HKDSE grade average of 2.9 from four Core Subjects plus the best grade in one Category A elective subject
India75An India Senior Secondary School Certificate average of 35%(awarded by CBSE or CISCE) or, 50% (from all other Boards) in 4 academic subjects.
Indonesia68Indonesia Secondary School Leaving Certificate Average grade of 7.8 for final year results
Iran70Iran Pre-University Certificate average grade of 9.6 for final year result
Iraq68Iraqi Certificate of Preparatory Studies average grade of 78% for final year results
Italy70Esame Di Stato Successful completion with aggregate of 58
Japan68Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma grade average of 3.7 in final year results
Jordan68Secondary School Leaving Certificate with a 78% grade average of final year
Kazakhstan68Kazakhstan Certificate of Completed Secondary Education average grade of 4.1 in final year results
Kenya70KCSE average grade of 3.7 in best 8 subjects
Kuwait68Secondary School Leaving Certificate with a 78% grade average of final year
Libya68Secondary School Leaving Certificate with a 78% grade average of final year
Malaysia75Malaysia Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examination Certificate with a C8 (pass) in 6 subjects
Mexico68Mexican Upper Secondary School Program (Bachillerato or Preparatria program) average grade of 8.3 for final year results
Moldova70Moldova Diploma de Bacalaureat grade average of 4.8 in final year results, or Moldova Atestat de Studii Medii de Cultura Generala grade average of 7.8 in final year results
Myanmar68Myanmar Basic Education High School Exam grade of 76% in final year results
Nepal70Nepalese Proficiency Certificate with a grade average of 81% in final year, or Nepalese Higher Secondary Certificate with a grade average of 76% in the final year.
New Caledonia70French Baccalaureate successful completion and a grade average of 9.8/20
Nigeria WAEC West African Senior School Certificate with grades achieved at a minimum of B3 level or 4.1. GCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5).
Norway70Norwegian Certificate of Completion of Upper Secondary School Examinations with GPA of 2.9
Oman68Secondary School Leaving Certificate with a 78% grade average of final year
Pakistan68Higher Secondary School or Intermediate Certificate – Humanities & Science Streams: Grade average of 71% in final year results; Higher Secondary School or Intermediate Certificate – Pre-Eng & Pre-Med Streams: Grade average of 33% in final year results
Papua New Guinea68Papua New Guinea Upper Secondary School Certificate (prior to 2011 known as Papua New Guinea Higher School Certificate) Grade average of 3.7 in best 5 subjects
Paraguay68Paraguayan Bachillerato Grade average of 7.4 in final year results
Peru68Peruvian Official Certificate of Secondary Education Grade average of 16.0 in final year results
Poland70Polish Matura grade average of 27% in the best 3 extended level (Poziom Rozszerzony) subjects
Russia68Certificate of Completed Secondary Education grade average of 4.1 in final year
Saudi Arabia68Secondary School Leaving Certificate with a 78% grade average of final year
Sierra Leone68WAEC West African Senior School Certificate with grades achieved at a minimum of B3 level or 4.1. GCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5).
Singapore75National University of Singapore High School Diploma with a CAP for Graduation of 2.5 where A+, A=5.0, A-=4.5, B+=4.0, B=3.5, B-=3.0, C+=2.5, C=2.0, D+=1.5, D=1.0, F=0.
South Africa70National Senior Certificate grade average of 3.8 in the best 5 subjects (excluding Life Orientation  and Mathematics - Third Paper)
South Korea68Specialised High School Diploma average grade of 1.9 in final year, or High school Diploma average grade of 3.7 in final year
Spain68Spanish Secondary School Diploma average grade of 7.8 in the final year results
Sri Lanka75GCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5)
Sweden70Swedish Secondary School Certificate (Slutbetyg/Avgangsbetyg) average grade of 1.9 in final year results
Switzerland70Swiss Cantonal Maturity Certificate, or Cantonal Commercial Maturity Certificate grade average of 3.9 in final year results, or Swiss Federal Maturity Certificate grade average of 3.9 on a 6-point scale), 5.8 (10-point scale) or 2.9 (5-point scale) in final year results
Taiwan68Senior High School with 83% in final year results
Thailand68Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education Matayom 6 (M6) with an overall average of 78%
Turkey68Devlet Lise Diplomasi (High School Diploma) grade average of 3.7 in final year results
Ukraine68Ukraine Certificate of Complete Secondary Education grade average of 4.1 in final year results
United Arab Emirates68Secondary School Leaving Certificate with a 78% grade average of final year
United Kingdom75GCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5)
United States of America70High School Diploma and completed SAT with a minimum score of 980, or High School Diploma and Enhanced ACT Assessment Complete ACT with minimum composite score of 21. Note: New SAT results are for tests after March 2016
Venezuela68Venezuelan Bachillerato Grade average of 15.6 in the final year results
Vietnam68Upper Secondary Education Graduation Diploma with 7.8 average in 4 academic subjects.
Zimbabwe75GCE 'A' Levels minimum of 1 points A*=6,A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 (AS Levels are equivalent to half points, e.g. A=2.5)
Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) Global Assessment Certificate GPA of 1.6
International Baccalaureate Diploma/Certificate69Aggregate score of 24

"The Diploma of Legal Studies gave me the groundwork and basic understanding to prepare myself for degree studies at Bond. 

Bond University College classes are a tight-knit group of students from multiple backgrounds and career paths, bringing a lot of different perspectives to each task. Whilst University is about learning, it is also important that students have the opportunity to grow and experience new things. 

The culture of Bond University is self-represented by its inner student politics, cultural clubs and emphasis on sports and other competitive practices such as mooting. 

In many ways, the lifestyle at Bond revolves around that culture. It is never a chore coming to campus as there is always something interesting going on." 

Alexander Purton Gold Coast