Studying a Master of Laws (Research) will allow you to deepen your knowledge in your chosen area of law. Mentored by one of the Faculty of Law’s many world-renowned academics, you will not only benefit from the in-house expertise but will be exposed to many visiting academics and professionals from across Australia and the world. Students must possess a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor qualification.
For domestic students, the LLM provides a specialist postgraduate qualification to augment your practice of law in Australia. For international students, the program provides a wide range of international law, comparative law, IP and trade law and dispute resolution subjects to broaden and internationalise an undergraduate law qualification.
The Master of Laws program comprises a 50,000 word thesis, usually completed over two years full time. Part-time options are also available. The thesis is supervised by staff expert in the subject area.
To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol on a full-time basis.
Bond Law is consistently ranked first in Australia in terms of overall quality of the student experience for very good reasons. At Bond we have some of the best law teachers and scholars in the country delivering innovative law programs using truly world class teaching facilities. We are committed to providing an exceptionally high quality learning experience characterised by a professional and practical emphasis, a global focus, small classes and personal attention. National and international legal experts in a variety of fields contribute to the delivery of programs at the cutting edge of contemporary legal scholarship and practice.
The Bond University Faculty of Law has since 2015 partnered with the Swiss International Law School to offer a Master of Laws Dual Award program. Students in the dual award program are able to graduate with an LLM from both institutions by completing half of the required subjects and modules within each of the LLM programs. Swiss International Law School (SiLS) and Bond are collaborating on new subjects and specialisations that focus on international commercial law and international dispute resolution. The partners wish to consolidate SiLS subject delivery with the Bond LLM structure Subject to approval, the collaboration is expected to announce new LLM subjects soon. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]@bond.edu.au
The Swiss International Law School’s LLM prepares students and practitioners from different cultural and legal backgrounds for confident and ethical legal practice in an international commercial environment. The program is completely web based and applies state-of-the-art distance learning techniques that bridge the distance putting students in close contact with faculty, peers and resources. Classes of not more than 20 students are supervised by two course leaders who are experienced professors or senior lecturers. For more information about the SILS LLM please see https://www.swissintlawschool.org/
The Master of Laws program comprises eight (8) subjects, as follows:
Law electives (80CP)
Students must choose eight law subjects from the list of postgraduate law electives.
Students may wish to undertake one specialisation within their degree, choosing four postgraduate law subjects (40CP) within an approved study area. These include:
Students are able to opt out of a specialisation but must take all electives (total 80CP) from the postgraduate law elective offerings in the Faculty of Law. No general electives are offered in this program.
The Faculty of Law is collaborating with the Swiss International Law School (SiLS) to jointly deliver aspects of our LLM program. We hope to provide details of this collaboration in the near future.
Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.
The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Online), also known as Professional Legal Training (PLT), is the link between a student's law degree and becoming a practising lawyer. The PLT program is a coursework degree that provides structured and supervised legal training, based on the Competency Standards for entry level lawyers developed by the admitting authorities and the Australian Professional Legal Education Council (APLEC). The online program can be undertaken full-time or part-time, and consists of the following three components: -Practical Legal Training: 1 semester (full-time) or 2 semesters (part-time); -Practical Experience (75 days); and -Continuing Practical Training (75 hours, undertaken concurrently with Practical Experience component).
Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice will enable you to apply for admission to legal practice in Australia (except South Australia and Northern Territory). Students should contact the relevant admitting authority to ascertain the requirements for admission in specific States or Territories.
The Professional Legal Training online program has three components:
1. Practical legal training component
This component is delivered online over one semester (full-time) or two semesters (part-time).
Practical Legal Training concentrates on the development of ‘lawyering’ skills such as legal research, analysis and problem solving, legal writing and drafting, interviewing and oral communication, advising, advocacy, dispute resolution and professional ethics and conduct.
Online PLT students will be expected to attend Bond University for one learning intensive for one week near the beginning of the Practical Legal Training component.
2. Practical experience component
Students are required to complete 75 days of work experience in an approved law office in Australia. If you are studying online full time, you may undertake your practical experience either before or after, but not concurrently with, the Practical Legal Training component. If you are studying online part time, you may undertake the practical experience before, after or concurrently with the Practical Legal Training component. The work experience can be undertaken in more than one law office and can be completed prior to or after the Practical Training component. Our law Graduate Placement Manager can assist students in obtaining a placement.
3. Continuing practical training component
This provides students with a further 75 hours of training relevant to the Practical Experience component and is completed online. It is undertaken concurrently with the Practical Experience component.
Bond Law’s unique personalised approach to teaching allows online students to benefit from one-on-one access to experienced practising legal professionals, PLT legal academics and acknowledged industry experts.