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Specialise with a Master of Laws at Bond

The September 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.

Personal. Professional. Global.

A Master of Laws degree gives qualified Australian and international legal practitioners an opportunity to specialise and gain in-depth legal knowledge in a particular area of the law. It may be an area where your career has taken you or a new area that you would like to move into.  

There are no compulsory subjects so you can tailor the entire study program to suit your interests. Specialisations are available in: 

  • Corporate and Commercial Law and Practice 
  • Family Dispute Resolution 
  • International Business and Finance Law 
  • Dispute Resolution 
  • Canadian Law and Practice 
  • International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution (online) 

Postgraduate law studies are also an ideal way to expand your national and international network of professional contacts. 

Campus and Bond University Experience

Bond University has been ranked #1 in Australia for Student Experience by the Good Universities Guide for well over a decade. We have some of the best law teachers and scholars in the country, delivering innovative, globally-focussed law programs in the world-class facilities housed within our state-of-the-art Legal Skills Centre.  

Studying in Bond’s trademark small classes, you will benefit from the one-on-one mentorship offered by our law academics and the opportunity to connect with experienced legal professionals from all over the world. 

Thanks to Bond’s three-semesters-per-year schedule, you can complete your LLM in just 8 months studying full time. 

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What our academics say

Bond University is really unique. At Bond, classes are small, and academics readily available. The learning environment is exceptional with purpose-built integrated campus facilities that are state of the art. The academics at the Law Faculty have diverse interests, varied backgrounds, with most having international experience and a global outlook; their doors are always open for discussion and advice.

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Key features

  • Tailor your study program to suit your career needs and interests
  • Work in small classes with students from all over the world
  • Taught by outstanding academics with industry knowledge
  • The opportunity to develop skills in legal reasoning, legal writing, oral communication and advocacy
  • Complete Masters qualifications in just eight months

About the program

The Master of Laws (LLM) program provides students from a legal background with a specialist postgraduate law qualification. Students may choose to pursue a specialised area of study or select subjects from a broad range of law electives. The program develops advanced legal research and writing skills and enhances the ability of students to critically evaluate complex legal issues within a global context.

ModeOn Campus
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
  • September 2020
  • January 2021
  • May 2021
  • September 2021
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023
Program typeMasters Coursework
Study areaLaw
Program codeLA-43050
CRICOS code084235G
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

The Master of Laws program comprises 80 credit points of law subjects from the list of postgraduate law electives. There are no compulsory subjects, which enables students to tailor the Master of Laws to their interests.

Students can graduate with a Master of Laws with a specialisation by completing at least 40 credit points of subjects from one of our specialisation categories. The name of the specialisation appears on the students' testamur. However, students are not required to complete a specialisation and may choose to graduate with a general Master of Laws by completing any combination of law subjects totalling 80 credit points.

Teaching methodology

Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

Specialisations

Specialisations are currently available in the following areas:

To be eligible for a specialisation, students must complete at least 40 credit point subjects within the specialisation category.  No general electives are offered in this program.

International Student visa holders please note: Under Australian student visa regulations the number of online subjects undertaken by student visa holders in this program cannot exceed 20 credit points. The remaining 60 credit points must be comprised of on-campus subjects.

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 2020: $20,280* per semester average
  • Students commencing study in 2021: $21,000* per semester average

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2020: $40,560
  • Students commencing study in 2021: $42,000

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.

* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.

Academic entry requirements

The Master of Laws is offered to students who have completed a professional law qualification such as a Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor, or equivalent. Applicants from a non-English speaking background must achieve an IELTS score of at least 6.5, with no single band less than 6. Bond also accepts other English language tests including TOEFL iBT, CAE and PTE.

Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information.

Key dates

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How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.

Future outcomes

The Master of Laws (LLM) offers more specialised and specific knowledge of the law, either in your chosen area of career interest or across a broad spectrum of law specialties.   

It also enhances your understanding of both substantive and procedural law, as well as developing advanced legal research and writing skills. 

For international students, the LLM program allows you to internationalise your undergraduate law qualifications, as you learn to critically evaluate complex legal issues in a global context. 

The LLM can lead to Higher Degree by Research programs including:

Specialist mediation courses and graduate certificate programs in family dispute resolution (FDR) are available through Bond’s Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC). All DRC medication courses are approved by the Mediator Standards Board and FDR programs are recognised by the Attorney General’s office. 

For recent Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor graduates, an LLM enhances career opportunities. For qualified legal practitioners, the LLM positions graduates for career promotion and progression to senior level and partnership opportunities.

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