Juris Doctor


Program Description


A prior degree in any discipline. Applicants are required to have at least a 70 percent grade average in an undergraduate degree. Consideration is also given to relevant work experience and referees’ reports on the suitability of the applicant for studying law.


The Juris Doctor is a professional legal qualification which prepares you to become a legal professional in the corporate, government, community or not for profit sectors, both within Australia and overseas. Bond’s Juris Doctor provides an engaging learning experience that both challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career. Our unique integrated Legal Skills Program is part of the Juris Doctor and focuses on core skills essential to the practice of law. The individual modules are taught in conjunction with relevant legal subjects over a number of semesters during your degree. These include:

  • Oral communication and presentation
  • Legal research and analysis
  • Legal writing and drafting
  • Negotiation


Compulsory Law Subjects (20)
The 20 compulsory subjects cover all the ‘Priestley Eleven’ areas required to practice law in Australia.

  • Administrative Law
  • Australian Legal System
  • Bookkeeping and Trust Accounts*
  • Business Associations
  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Corporations Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure A
  • Criminal Law and Procedure B
  • Equity
  • Evidence
  • Land Law
  • Law of Civil Remedies
  • Law of Obligations
  • Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct*
  • Legal Skills
  • Personal Property Transactions
  • Principles of Contractual Liability
  • Principles of Tortious Liability
  • Property Law

Law Elective Subjects (5)
A wide range of law elective subjects is offered. Various specializations are available, including:

  • Canadian Law and Practice
  • Corporate and Commercial Law and Practice
  • Dispute Resolution
  • International Business and Finance Law
  • Legal Practice

*Half-unit subject.


Clinical legal subjects are available as electives, with students placed in legal settings, working under the supervision of a practicing lawyer. The faculty also encourages you to complete clerkships or internships with law firms during your holidays, but these do not form part of program requirements. Our career development specialists are available to assist you in your search for a suitable placement.


Some students will plan to seek admission as a lawyer on the completion of their Juris Doctor, while others will be well established in their careers and will be undertaking the Juris Doctor in order to enhance their career options.
The Bond Law Juris Doctor is specifically designed to develop well rounded legal practitioners equipped with the practical legal skills to take leading positions in both the public and private sectors. Our graduates are employed in top-tier law firms throughout Australia and across 38 countries (including the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Scandinavia, France, China, and Malaysia) as solicitors in private practice, associates to Supreme and High Court justices, barristers, government lawyers, in-house counsel academics and business leaders. You are encouraged to focus on the specific areas of study that you feel best to serve your future career path.


In conjunction with further study (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice) and meeting the requirements of the Legal Practitioner Boards of the various Australian states and territories, the Juris Doctor is an approved degree for purposes of admission as a legal practitioner. This degree can also be used to gain admission in certain other jurisdictions; however, you are advised to confirm admission requirements in the particular jurisdiction in which you wish to practice.


Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
The Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, also known as Professional Legal Training (PLT), is the link between your law degree and becoming a practicing lawyer in under a year. You’ll also receive extensive, individualized help to find a placement.

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