Bond University’s Canadian law courses

20 December 2023

Bond University’s Faculty of Law has the most extensive connections to Canada of any Australian school, offering all 5 of the required Canadian Law subjects taught according to the NCA syllabus and taught by Canadian professors to ensure you are best prepared to gain accreditation to practice law in Canada upon your return.

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Bond has strong links with Canada and has been training Canadian lawyers for more 20 years. There are currently more than 150 Canadian students studying law at Bond University and an active Canadian Law Students’ Association. There is a rapidly expanding group of Bond Law Canadian alumni working as partners and senior practitioners in Canada and worldwide.

The JD comprises 17 compulsory law subjects and 7 law electives. Students may choose to complete an optional law specialization in one of the following areas:

  • Canadian Law and Practice (This Canadian Law and Practice specialization provides you with an opportunity to gain knowledge of Canadian law specifically relating to administrative, constitutional, and criminal areas of law.)
  • International Business and Finance Law
  • Corporate and Commercial Law and Practice
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Legal Practice
  • Legal Transformation

To be eligible for a law specialization, students must complete a minimum of 4 of their law electives within one of the above areas. Eligible students will receive a Specialization Certificate at the completion of their program.

Canadian Law and Practice Specialization

Foundations of Canadian Law
Foundations of Canadian Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject will serve as an introduction to the Canadian legal system and the role of law in Canadian society. This subject examines the basic institutions and methods of the Canadian legal system. The main institutions of law and government are addressed: parliament, the executive branch, and the judicial branch. Particular attention is paid to the history and structure of the Canadian legal system. The subject will also examine the sources of Canadian law and the fundamental principles of our legal system. Finally, it will conclude with an examination of the special relationship of Aboriginal Peoples to the Canadian state.

Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure
Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. It is a survey subject intended to introduce students to substantive and procedural aspects of Canadian criminal law. It focuses on the distinctive provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada and their interpretation, and also on the role of the Canadian Charter Rights and Freedoms. The coverage of specific topics mirrors that in the compulsory subjects on Criminal Law and Procedure in Canadian law schools. There will be an introduction to criminal procedure followed by more in-depth analysis of issues in substantive criminal law.

Canadian Constitutional Law
Canadian Constitutional Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. The subject examines the legal problems arising from the nature of the Canadian political structure and, in particular, the distribution of legislative powers between the federal parliament and the provincial legislatures and the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Canadian Administrative Law
Canadian Administrative Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject will provide an introduction to the basic principles of Canadian administrative law. These principles govern the activities of administrative bodies and the relationship between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. The areas discussed will include procedural fairness, judicial review, the standard of analysis for substantive review, bias and independence, discretion, the application of the Charter to administrative decision making, and the remedies available with respect to administrative decisions. The subject will serve as a foundation for further study and practice in a wide range of areas, including health, environment, immigration, labour relations, professional regulation, education, and securities law.

Canadian Professional Responsibility
This is an online course offered to all Canadian law students at Bond University. Students submit their assessments to a professor at Bond University who will grade their work. The course is completed outside of the 240 credits (JD) and the 320 credits (LLB).

Practicing in Canada

During an applicant’s legal education, all candidates must complete 2 years of either in-person instruction or interactive online instruction. The instruction must meet the NCA’s requirements as detailed in Mode of Study. Bond University’s law programs have always met the NCA’s requirements. Students may write the NCA exams from any location with internet service, including the comfort of your home, 11 months of the year. If your qualifications are assessed by the NCA after January 1, 2022, you will be required to complete a course in legal research and writing.

Bond Law School Juris Doctor

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: While Bond doesn’t have an official application deadline, you’re encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

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