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Diploma of Legal Studies

Where will your degree take you?

Measured by revenue, the 2021 market size the legal services industry is AU$23 billion strong and expected to increase, according to IBIS World. This positive outlook is great news for those looking to progress into the legal sector. 

To become admitted as a legal practitioner in all Australian jurisdictions, following successful completion of the Diploma of Legal Studies, you will need to complete a Bachelor of Law’s program in conjunction with a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) or a traineeship. Note, a Bachelor of Laws degree may also be used to apply for admission internationally. We advise students to confirm admission requirements in the particular jurisdiction in which they wish to practise. 

Bond’s laws and GDLP programs prepares graduates to pursue careers in the public or private sector which could lead to a range of roles such as solicitors, barristers, government lawyers, in-house counsel, judge's associates, academics, or business leaders.

Outcomes

Solicitor

Upon being admitted to the legal profession, you can work as a solicitor in a law firm, government organisation or community legal centre. You can choose to specialise in a particular area of practice or be a generalist.

Barrister

Upon being admitted to the legal profession and completing the bar practice course, you can work as a barrister. A barrister is an independent advocate and advisor and is often highly skilled in a particular area of law.

In-house counsel

Upon being admitted to the legal profession, you can work as an in-house counsel, where you will use your legal skills for the benefit of a particular organisation. You will often be practising in a range of areas of law particular to the needs of the organisation.

Non-legal profession

Graduating with a law degree doesn’t necessarily require you to be admitted as a legal practitioner – the program builds a wide array of legal skills that can be used cross-disciplinarily, including critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, conflict resolution and advocacy. You’ll be equipped to work in non-legal roles like management consulting, politics, investment banking and more.

Graduate outcomes

Most of our diploma graduates opt to transition to a full degree program. Successful completion of the Diploma of Legal Studies guarantees you a place in related bachelor’s degrees at Bond University.

Program learning outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge, skills and abilities that will be achieved on completion of the program. These outcomes will help you determine whether this program aligns with your professional pathway, career and learning goals.

Further study options

Most of our diploma graduates opt to transition to a full degree program. Successful completion of the Diploma of Legal Studies guarantees you a place in related bachelor’s degrees at Bond University.

Credit awarded for all eight diploma subjects

This means that you will transition into the third semester of your chosen undergraduate degree.

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Credit awarded for seven diploma subjects

The following programs are available for students who receive credit for seven diploma subjects.

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