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Criminal Law and Procedure in Queensland

A career in law can be intellectually challenging, personally fulfilling, and financially rewarding. Learning from Assistant Professor Dr Matthew Raj, Faculty of Law academic and Founder and Director of the Bond Criminal Law Clinic, you will be immersed in the study of criminal law throughout this course. 

Gain practical insight into the exciting world of criminal law, including going to court, criminal offences, criminal defences, and the powers relied upon by police. 

Students will participate in practical group work preparing advice, and refining their writing skills and oral presentation skills by preparing submissions in a moot court.

This course is delivered via five online modules: 

  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Police Powers
  • Going to Court
  • Criminal Offences
  • Defences

Students will also complete a two-day practical workshop where they will brief a partner of a criminal firm by preparing written submissions on chosen topics (taken from the learnings of the online modules), and preparing submissions on sentence in a moot court. 

About this experience

Designed for: High school students in Years 11 and 12 

Delivery: On campus

Learning time: A total of 25 hours of learning, consisting of: 

  • 10 hours of online modules on the Bond Learner platform
  • Two 6-hour face to face workshops on campus (total of 12 hours)
  • 3 hours of additional readings and assessment 


  • Offering one - Monday, 3 April and Tuesday, 4 April, 2023
  • Offering two - Friday, 28 April and Saturday, 29 April, 2023

Registrations close:

  • Offering one - Monday, 20 March, 2023
  • Offering two - Friday, 21 April, 2023

Cost: $99

Location: Bond University Gold Coast campus



High school study areas

Legal Studies

Meet your educator

Dr Matthew Raj

Matthew is an Assistant Professor in Bond University's Faculty of Law, where he currently lectures criminal law and procedure. He is also the Founder and Director of the Bond Criminal Law Clinic.

He is called to the Bar of England & Wales (The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple). In 2017, he completed pupillage at 5 King's Bench Walk where, among other things, he assisted Queen's Counsel in criminal trials at the Old Bailey, appeared in the Crown Court and the Magistrates Court, and assisted on appeals.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Laws with Criminology from Kingston University, London, and completed the Bar Professional Training Course at City Law School. He was awarded his PhD from Bond University for which he received a Pro-Vice Chancellor Scholarship. Matthew has completed the Bond University Mediation Course and became registered as a Nationally Accredited Mediator in Australia. He has co-authored several academic publications and his most recent research is concerned with citizen's arrests, as well as wage theft in Australia. 


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