Area of Law: Law Schools, Lawyers, Law Clerks and Paralegals
Answer # 935
Bond University, AustraliaRegion: Ontario Answer # 935
Bond University is located in the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It is the largest law school in Australia for Canadians pursuing Juris Doctor (JD) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees.
For Canadians interested in the Bond University law programs:
- both the JD and LLB are accepted in Canada for admission to the Bar
- candidates do not need to take the LSAT
- Canadian Student Loans can be used
The undergraduate Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program is completed in 2 years and 8 months and is available to any high school graduate or undergraduate transfer student. Applicants do not need a Bachelors degree to apply.
The Juris Doctor (JD) is 2-year graduate program available to students who have a Bachelors degree.
Canadian Law Classes
Bond University, Faculty of Law includes four Canadian law subjects in it’s curriculum:
- Foundations of Canadian Law,
- Canadian Criminal Law,
- Canadian Constitutional Law, and
- Canadian Administrative Law.
To be eligible for the LLB or JD program the LSAT is not required, however the minimum cumulative grade is 70%. Students may still be considered if they don’t meet this requirement if they have other strong elements in their application, such as their resume and references. Bond also offers short pathway programs (1 or 2 semesters) to help candidates qualify for the LLB or JD.
The University has a North American office that can help students with their applications for free. It also conducts two seminars in Canada each year (in June and November).
A full explanation and guide to the on-line application process to the University can be found at bonduniversity.ca.
Faculty / Student Body
There is one staff member to every 10 students at Bond University. Canadian lawyers and professors teach the Canadian law classes at Bond, and many notable Canadian Judges and Lawyers are often hosted. Every year, over 100 Canadians graduate with a Bond JD or LLB.
Expenses and Financing
Tuition for the full 6 semesters JD Program at Bond University, Faculty of Law is about $116,000 Australian dollars for tuition and $60,000 for living expenses. For the full 8 semester LLB Program, tuition is approximately $152,000 and living expenses are $80,000.
Canadian students can use federal and provincial student loans to cover approximately $15,000 of the cost per year.
Activities and Services
There are a number of clubs and services available to law students at the University, including the Canadian Law Students Association, which organizes events such as Canadian Law Mooting contests, and plans social events celebrating Canadian holidays like Canada Day.
The Legal Skills Centre is a first of its kind legal-based training facility with a focus on mediation, dispute resolution, and Professional Legal Training (PLT). The full-size court is equipped with evidence management systems, video conferencing facilities and video streaming, duplicating the latest technology used in the High Court of Australia.
The NCA & Bar Admissions Process in Canada
There are three major steps to be admitted to the Bar in Canada after a student graduates from Bond with a JD or LLB:
1. Obtain a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.
- Bond will submit a student’s transcripts directly to the NCA
- students must submit an online application for the Certificate, and must
- sit for a minimum of five examinations in Canadian Law classes
2. Complete the Articling requirement in your province.
3. Take the licensing exam and pay the licensing fee.
View Lawyer Licensing Process for more information on the process for being called to the Bar in your province or territory (after the educational requirements have been met).
For more information on Bond University law programs for Canadians, visit bonduniversity.ca.
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