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Your legal education starts here with the Bond University Diploma of Legal Studies

The upcoming 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.

The Diploma of Legal Studies provides students with a basic grounding in Australia’s legal system, the principles of business law and contemporary legal issues confronting Australian society.

Complete your Diploma of Legal Studies in 8 months and articulate into a Bond Degree sooner.

Bond University Diplomas take only eight months to complete allowing you to transition into your undergraduate study faster. Study alongside university students but have the extra support of tutorials specifically tailored to diploma students.

Below is an example of some of the degrees our diploma programs credit into.

Diploma ProgramBachelor ProgramNumber of Credits
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of Laws8
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of Business Law8
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of Jurisprudence8
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of Business/ Bachelor of Laws8
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of Actuarial Science/ Bachelor of Laws8
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Laws8
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws7
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of International Relations / Bachelor of Laws7
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of Communication (Business)/ Bachelor of Laws7
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of Journalism/ Bachelor of Laws7
Diploma of Legal StudiesBachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Laws7

Hear from our students

Laura Hagan

Diploma of Legal Studies > Bachelor of Laws > Solicitor at Merthyr Law

My Bond University journey was challenging yet so incredibly rewarding. Learning alongside students from all over the world, by expert lecturers allowed me to grow as an individual, a student and a professional. I felt supported, encouraged and pushed to the absolute best of my ability. Further, Bond programs provided real world skills which have helped boost my confidence, knowledge and abilities. Now I have graduated I am a Solicitor at Merthyr Law. I loved every minute of my Bond experience".

Laura Hagan

Diploma of Legal Studies > Bachelor of Laws > Solicitor at Merthyr Law

My Bond University journey was challenging yet so incredibly rewarding. Learning alongside students from all over the world, by expert lecturers allowed me to grow as an individual, a student and a professional. I felt supported, encouraged and pushed to the absolute best of my ability. Further, Bond programs provided real world skills which have helped boost my confidence, knowledge and abilities. Now I have graduated I am a Solicitor at Merthyr Law. I loved every minute of my Bond experience".

Key features

  • Complete your diploma in only eight months
  • Integrate into the university environment from day one
  • Have the support of extra tutorials just for diploma students
  • Articulate into the third semester of the corresponding bachelor program

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. Show more

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.  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. 
Duration2 semesters (8 months)
Starting semesters
  • May 2021
  • September 2021
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023
Program typeDiploma
Study areaFoundation Programs, Law
Program codeCO-00011
CRICOS code080298C
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

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:

*BCAS01-020 Academic Skills 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.

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 2021: $15,560* per semester average
  • Students commencing study in 2022: $15,800* per semester average

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2021: $31,120
  • Students commencing study in 2022: $31,600

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.

Domestic students

Entry into the Diploma of Legal Studies requires the successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent (OP 9 – 15 or ATAR 65 or better). Bond University College offers preparation programs (Foundation Program with an exit Cumulative Grade Point Average of 70% and Diploma Preparation Program with an exit Cumulative Grade Point Average of 65%) 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 9 – 15

If you do not meet direct entry, Bond University College offers the Diploma Preparation Program . You will qualify for the Diploma of Legal Studies if you successfully complete the Diploma Preparation Program with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 65%.

For more information, please contact:
Office of Future Students
Toll-free: 1800 074 074 (from within Australia)
Tel: +61 7 5595 2222 (from outside Australia)

International Students

View the International academic entry requirements for diplomas. 

Future outcomes

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.

 

What our academics say

Daniel Shine

Semester Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Law

“Bond University College provides students with unique entrance to a law degree with extra support and assistance from staff and fellow students. This provides peace of mind, answers to initial questions and an environment that fosters confidence and growth”.

Daniel Shine

Semester Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Law

“Bond University College provides students with unique entrance to a law degree with extra support and assistance from staff and fellow students. This provides peace of mind, answers to initial questions and an environment that fosters confidence and growth”.

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