Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: January 2015 (this is the last intake whereby graduates will be exempt from taking the the NCA examinations in Canada upon their return)
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the program start date
Important NCA update regarding Bond Law School
A very important update regarding a change has been made by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) related to foreign-trained lawyers and the process of coming back to practice law in Canada.
The NCA accredited Bond University as the only university outside Canada with the ability to offer four Canadian core subjects—Canadian Administrative Law, Canadian Constitutional Law, Canadian Criminal Law and Foundations of Canadian Law—and provide credit to students who completed these subjects at Bond, subject to sufficient academic performance (as detailed in NCA Assessment Policy 1.2.2.e).
The NCA has formally notified Bond University that it will no longer be waiving the requirement for Bond graduates to sit the four exams that other graduates from non-Canadian law schools must sit. This decision by the NCA was not the result of any concern about the quality of Bond’s subjects or its graduates, but the result of numerous requests from law schools in the US and elsewhere for the same arrangement to be extended to them. The NCA could not justify maintaining Bond University’s monopoly, and does not have the resources to manage applications from other law schools for a similar arrangement, so it has decided to treat all law schools equally and discontinue the arrangement with Bond University.
How does this affect Canadian Bond Law School students?
This change does not affect current students or new students enrolling in January 2015 at Bond Law School, who will continue to benefit from the present arrangement; however, Canadian students enrolling in May 2015 and onward will have to sit the 5 NCA exams upon their return to Canada. Since it takes two years to complete the Juris Doctor (JD) full time, Bond students will not start sitting these exams until after the end of the January 2017 semester. Bond Law School will continue to offer the current Canadian subjects into the future to assist Canadian students enrolling from May 2015 onward to prepare for these exams.