Bond University

Juris Doctor

Graduate

Details

University Location Gold Coast, Queensland
City Population 666,087
Student Population 5,710
Int'l Student Population 2,261
Main Campus Robina
Program Campus Robina
Program Duration 2 years full time (6 semesters in total)
Estimated Annual Tuition AUD$69,540 (2024 fees; subject to increase)**
Trimester Intakes January, May, September
Next Available Intake September 2024
Application Deadline No set deadline*
International Places No set limit

Overview

Bond’s Faculty of Law is recognized as one of Australia’s leading law schools. With a focus on teaching both the substance and skills of the law, it offers a premier law education experience through small, personalized classes where academics know their students by name and access to outstanding facilities in the multi-million-dollar Legal Skills Centre.

Bond’s law programs are designed to equip you for a career in the legal profession, business, industry, or government. The combination of excellent teaching, small classes, international perspective and extensive legal skills program provides an exciting learning experience that both challenges you academically and prepares you practically for a legal career.

As a Bond law student, you’ll have access to career guidance and introductions through the university’s Career Development Centre (CDC) where the team is dedicated to supporting all students throughout their career journey by helping them to find internships and future employment opportunities.

Thousands of Canadians have studied law in Australia at Bond University and are successfully practicing in Canada. The Bond Canadian Law Students’ Association hosts NCA process seminars and provides information and support for Canadians wishing to return to Canada.

Program

Bond University’s Juris Doctor is a graduate-level, extensive legal skills program with small class sizes and exceptional teaching—and it’s what differentiates Bond from any other institution. The Bond JD is an accelerated program, which means it can be completed in two years of full-time study. The program is offered over three semesters each year—September, January, and May.

Integrated Skills and Professionalism Program
What sets Bond’s Juris Doctor program apart is that the practical “lawyering” skills—legal writing and reasoning, oral communication, advocacy, dispute resolution, negotiation, research, legal ethics, and professionalism—are embedded throughout the program. The curriculum also covers the fundamental areas of legal knowledge, including contemporary developments in law and legal practice, law’s theoretical foundations, and the professional practice of law within an ethical framework.

Key Features

  • Practical Skills and Professionalism Program embedded throughout your degree
  • Complete internationally recognized legal qualifications in just two years
  • Small classes create a personalized learning environment, meaning more support and more opportunities
  • Gain immediate access to state-of-the-art facilities
  • Access an outstanding mooting program, including international competitions
  • Admission based on individual merit and assessment

Canadian Law Electives
Bond Law has strong links with Canada and has been training Canadian lawyers for more than 20 years. More than 150 Canadians are currently studying law at Bond and are rapidly expanding the network of Canadian alumni working as partners and senior practitioners in Canada and worldwide.

Juris Doctor students can graduate with a specialization in Canadian Law and Practice by completing four Canadian Law electives:

  • Foundations of Canadian Law
  • Canadian Criminal Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Canadian Administrative Law

In addition, Bond JD students can undertake a complimentary online course offered each semester on Canadian Professional Responsibility taught by a Canadian law academic, which aims to assist students with their preparation for the NCA exams.

Bond Law Clinic
Originally opened in 2013, the reinvented Bond Law Clinic provides pro-bono legal advice to members of the general public who would otherwise have difficulty accessing legal services. Bond Law Clinic will give you the opportunity to gain practical legal experience within a law firm under the guidance of the experienced lawyers who provide the legal advice service. Bond University staff and students may also access these services—for free!

The clinic features a full-time solicitor, and is registered as a legal business (Bond Law Clinic Pty Ltd)—the first of its kind for a law school in Australia! This will provide even more exposure for you as a law student to gain clinical experience.

The on-campus clinic is housed in Bond’s Faculty of Law building and will add to the complement of legal clinic experiences Bond offers their law students, which include programs in criminal law, public interest law, start-up law, climate sustainability law, and internet law.

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree with a minimum cGPA 2.7/4.0 as well as grade progression and consistency.

Please note, the university will review your academic history and performance. All applications are assessed individually and upon merit.

The LSAT is not required for entry to Bond’s Juris Doctor.

Admission Timeline

*While there is no set application deadline, you are encouraged to apply at least 3 months prior to the program start date.

**Bond JD’s fees are calculated by semester (3 semesters per year instead of the standard 2).

1/6

“…nice facilities”

Like: lots of workout classes and nice facilities; the class sizes and practical skills assessments that prepare us to be lawyers. Be prepared to read a lot.  

Bond University Asmita J
Juris Doctor
Bond University, 2023

“Countless resources available”

Facilities (10/10), help services (10/10).  Countless resources available to students. I dislike short tutorial classes (1h) and long lectures (2h). Should be reversed.

Bond University Victor R
Juris Doctor
Bond University, 2022

“Small classes with lots of time to participate”

Great university, just as oztrekk explained! Small classes with lots of time to participate.

Bond University Ali S
Juris Doctor
Bond University, 2019

“…the smaller class sizes makes keeping up with programs and finding mentors within the school super easy”

Yes, it is a beautiful campus. the social life there is phenomenal and makes me wish I was still a party guy, but the smaller class sizes makes keeping up with programs and finding mentors within the school super easy. This really is exactly what I want to do and I am learning things that I always wished I could have been.

Bond University Michael M
Juris Doctor
Bond University, 2019

“It is a good environment with lots of resource”

It is a good environment with lots of resources that students have access to. Most of the professors are very committed to our success and learning process.

Bond University Julietta O
Juris Doctor
Bond University, 2019

“I love my uni and the program.”

I love my uni and the program. It's very challenging and intense and hard (although that's expected on any law school) but there are so many opportunities and support given.

Bond University Maryam H.
Juris Doctor
Bond University, 2018