Study Law in Australia: A Canadian’s Guide
Have you been considering studying law in Australia?
If so, you might have heard of Bond University Law School. At Bond’s “Live from Bond” event, they put a spotlight on the law program and chatted with Executive Dean Nick James, along with other students and faculty. In this event, Canadian students talk about why they chose to study at Bond.
So why are Canadian students so eager to study law at Bond?
The trimester system
Looking to get into the workforce quickly? The Bond law program is a trimester program. This means that there are three semesters a year, allowing students to complete the Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws program faster! The Juris Doctor program is only 2 years in length, while the Bachelor of Laws is 3.
Students can also start these programs at different intakes during the year, January, May and September—which means you don’t have to wait any longer to get started on the path to your future as a lawyer.
The Canadian contribution
Sometimes moving to another country can be daunting, rest assured that there are lots of Canadian touches as part of the Bond Law program. At any given moment there are between 200–300 Canadian students in the Law Faculty, so there are lots of great opportunities to connect with students who will be on a similar journey! As a result, Bond is Australia’s largest law school for Canadian graduates.
Canadian students have been studying in the Law Faculty at Bond for the last 20 years. There are even several Canadian academics as part of the Bond Law staff, as Bond invites top Canadian scholars and academics to come and teach at Bond for a semester at a time!
Bond’s connection with the NCA
The National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) is the governing body that assesses the legal education of students who have obtained their credentials outside of Canada. Bond has a strong relationship with the NCA, and students can rest assured that their degree transfers back to Canada. Students will need to sit a minimum of 5 NCA exams as part of the accreditation process.
Small class sizes and a personalized learning experience
Bond’s law program centers on having small class sizes that offer students a personalized learning experience. Students learn legal competencies as part of the program and develop the professional skills needed to practice law. Not only with the professors know you by name, but you’re also sure to be ready to practice law upon graduation!
Specialist research areas
For students looking to get involved in specific areas of law, elective courses offered at Bond allow students to specialize in international law, along with emergent areas in climate law and dispute resolution. Canadian-specific electives taught by Canadian legal professionals also help students to prepare for the NCA exams!
Canadian Law Students Association (CLSA)
The CLSA aims to ensure students feel included and part of the law community at Bond. They not only act as a connection between the students and the faculty, but they host social events, academic events, sporting events and promote study/life balance.
Interested in learning further? Check out the full Live from Bond Event on the Faculty of Law!
About Bond Law School’s Juris Doctor Program
Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: May
Duration: 2 years (6 semesters)
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.