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Specialise with a Master of Laws (LLM) at Bond

Personal. Professional. Global.

The Bond University Master of Laws (LLM) program offers domestic and international law graduates the opportunity to undertake postgraduate legal education designed to suit their personal and professional circumstances. With a professional emphasis, and various specialisations in commercial law, international law and dispute resolution, the Bond LLM is designed to realise the educational and career aspirations of the global lawyer. Study on-campus, study online or combine both.

Study On-Campus

Bond University is consistently ranked first in Australia in terms of overall quality of the on-campus student experience for very good reasons. At Bond we have some of the best law teachers and scholars in the country delivering innovative law programs using truly world class teaching facilities. We are committed to providing an exceptionally high-quality learning experience characterised by a professional and practical emphasis, a global focus, small classes and personal attention.  National and international legal experts in a variety of fields contribute to the delivery of on-campus subjects at the cutting edge of contemporary legal scholarship and practice.

Study Online

Bond Law has partnered with the Swiss International Law School (SiLS) to offer an online LLM with a specialisation in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution. The specialisation has been designed for law students and career professionals from different cultural and legal backgrounds, who aim for a high-level career in an international law firm, multinational company or government organisation. Its four 20 cps subjects apply state-of-the-art distance learning techniques to bridge the distance between students and their instructors, peers and resources. Online classes of not more than 20 domestic or international students are supervised by instructors based all over the world.

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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.’

William Van Caenegem Professor, Faculty of Law

Key features

  • Provides students with the opportunity to pursue a specialisation in an area of interest
  • Small class sizes that create a personalised learning environment
  • Taught by outstanding academics with industry knowledge

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
Duration2 semesters (8 months)
Starting semesters
  • January 2018
  • January 2019
  • January 2020
  • May 2018
  • May 2019
  • May 2020
  • September 2018
  • September 2019
  • September 2020
  • September 2017
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: sbc@bond.edu.au

For domestic students, the LLM provides a specialist postgraduate qualification to augment the practice of law in Australia. For international students, the program provides a wide range of subjects to broaden and internationalise an undergraduate law qualification.

The Master of Laws program comprises 80 credit points of law subjects from the list of postgraduate law electives.  There are no compulsory subjects. 

Students can graduate with an LLM with a 'specialisation' by completing at least 40 credit points of subjects from one of our five 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 LLM by completing any combination of law subjects totally 80 credit points.

On-Campus Specialisations

On-campus specialisations are currently available in the following areas:

To be eligible for a specialisation, students mut complete at least FOUR of the 10 credit point subjects within the specialisation category.  No general electives are offered in this program.

Teaching methodology

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

Online Specialisation

The International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution Specialisation is offered online and is available to domestic and offshore international students only.  To be eligible for the specialisation, students must complete at least TWO of the following 20 cp subjects.

Subject nameCredit pointsAvailability
International Sales and Transport Law20

2018: Jan, Sep
2019: May

International Corporate Law202018: Jan, Sep
2019: May
International Commercial Dispute Resolution202018: May
2019: Jan, Sep
Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law202018: May
2019: Jan, Sep

Students can complete all four online subjects, and complete their LLM entirely online, or complete their 80 credit points using a combination of online and on campus subjects. 

Students enrolling in the above online subjects will receive access (free of charge) to the following bonus modules:

  1. Features of Common Law and Civil Law Systems
  2. Legal Research and Writing
  3. Legal and Compliance Risk
  4. Professional Ethics for the Global Lawyer

If you have any queries about the online study option, please do not hesitate to contact lawdean@bond.edu.au

International Students 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 total program fees for the Master of Laws are:

  • $36,472
  • $37,744

Price may vary depending on elective discipline choice.

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 if you went to another university.

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.

Academic entry requirements

The Master of Laws (LLM) 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.

US Financial Aid - students intending to apply for, or who are in receipt of, US Financial Aid packages cannot be enrolled in programs with wholly online subjects or subjects with online components.  As the Bond Master of Laws (LLM) contains both of these subject delivery modes, students accessing US Financial Aid are excluded from enrolment in this program.

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

Bond University calendar

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.