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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/online

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 

March/April course dates

Online course start date: Monday, 11 March, 2024

Registrations close: Friday, 8 March, 2024

Practical workshop date: Wednesday, 3 April, 2024 and Thursday, 4 April, 2024

June/July course dates

Online course start date: Monday, 17 June, 2024

Registrations close: Friday, 14 June, 2024

Practical workshop date: Monday, 1 July, 2024 and Tuesday, 2 July, 2024

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. 

Hear from our students

  • Year 12 student

    I decided to do the Criminal Law and Procedure in Qld Learn for Credit course to view aspects of criminal law and find out if it is for me. The highlight was the Moot Court. The course was what I expected, and more! I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to other students. I would describe the course as fascinating, educational, and engaging. 

    Sofia M - Benowa State High
  • Year 11 student

    The Criminal Law and Procedure in Queensland course was exciting, engaging, and excellent. I chose to do this course because I wanted to experience learning law in a university environment. I found the experience to be great, the skills and staff were great, too. 

    Hannah V - Clairvaux Mackillop College
  • Year 11 student

    I have plans to study Law and Criminology, so I completed the Criminal Law and Procedure in Queensland course to gain more experience. My highlight of the course was gaining new knowledge and learning in a new environment. It was surprising how we were taught like university students. I would 110% recommend this course to other students. 

    Summah B - Marymount College
  • Year 11 student

    I wanted more experience in Law and how university works, so I chose to do the Criminal Law and Procedure in Queensland course. It was a great experience, I particularly enjoyed learning about moot courts. I would describe the course as engaging, interesting, and beneficial and would recommend it to other students as a great experience. 

    Skyla S - Marymount College
  • Year 11 student

    The Criminal Law and Procedure in Queensland course is the first event I have been to at Bond, and I would recommend it to anyone. I chose this course because I wanted more experience in law. It was exciting, engaging, and educational. 

    Bella T - Clairvaux Mackillop College
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