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Combine communication and law

In a world that is constantly changing, employers require graduates with a dynamic skill set and knowledge in an array of areas. A Bachelor of Communication/ Bachelor of Laws at Bond, equips graduates with the opportunity to specialise in Communication while undertaking combined studies in Law. Students can choose from six Communication specialist majors, while developing the core legal skills essential to the practice of law.

Learn from industry professionals

At Bond, our academics have a wealth of knowledge and industry experience. Our academics ensure students are equipped with a dynamic skill set and are committed to advancing their knowledge. By undertaking the combined Bachelor of Communication/ Bachelor of Laws program, students will be exposed to legal research, legal writing, oral communication and advocacy, ethics, and an array of areas in communication.

Testimonials

Hannah Goodman

Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws Student

I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Law, majoring in Corporate Communication. I received a Collegiate Leadership Scholarship, and was accepted to Bond before I took my final Year 12 exams. I visited Bond in Year 12 with a group of other high school students for the day. As soon as I stepped on campus I knew that this was the university I wanted to attend. It was both pretty and had a great atmosphere. The student culture is fun, positive and lively. Additionally, it is amazing that I am able to complete a double degree in 3 1/2 years where normally it would take others longer at normal universities.  The fact that you can drive to the beach on a study break also makes the lifestyle so much better!  Show more

I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Law, majoring in Corporate Communication. I received a Collegiate Leadership Scholarship, and was accepted to Bond before I took my final Year 12 exams. I visited Bond in Year 12 with a group of other high school students for the day. As soon as I stepped on campus I knew that this was the university I wanted to attend. It was both pretty and had a great atmosphere. The student culture is fun, positive and lively. Additionally, it is amazing that I am able to complete a double degree in 3 1/2 years where normally it would take others longer at normal universities.  The fact that you can drive to the beach on a study break also makes the lifestyle so much better! 

Specific highlights of my Bond experience so far would be attending Northern University Games twice with the Women's 1 netball team; taking part in the Kununurra Project; and being able to talk to lecturers and tutors easily if I have any queries. I enjoy sport and keeping a healthy lifestyle such as going to the Bond gym every morning (Such an amazing facility!)

I have undertaken a legal internship at McGregor O'Reilly Solicitors which was very beneficial in learning about my future career and passion in law. I am also currently completing an internship in Washington DC at the World Affairs Council DC which is focused on international affairs and global education. I am so thankful for this experience in DC as I have not only grown professionally but also personally.

I lived on campus from 152 until 172. I initially moved in to A Block where I met all of my friends (still friends with the same people!). Then at the beginning of 2016 I moved to North Tower so I could begin to focus on my studies more. I then moved off campus when I left Australia to begin my Semester internship in Washington DC.  I moved from Sydney to the Gold Coast to begin at Bond and although the transition was difficult it was also the most life changing experience. I became more independent - it was extremely fun moving out of home! All of the staff are so lovely and supportive, I felt like the move was very seamless.

In 5 years, I see myself working at a law firm combining my interests of communications and media with commercial litigation. Ideally later in my law career I would like to influence the indigenous rights laws and complete ProBono work in remote indigenous communities.

I would highly recommend applying for Bond, especially the Bond Scholarships that are available. It has hands down been the best experience of my life - there are so many more opportunities that are available to Bond Students due to the fact that the University is personalised and smaller than others. There are so many different clubs and societies to join -whether you like sport or culture or board games there is a club available to join. Bond is a place where studying is important, however, there are so many other aspects that contribute to your education. It is also a place where you will make life-long friends at that span the globe -whether you are in Switzerland, Hong Kong or Spain there will always be a Bondie there that can give you advice about the best place to eat or stay. Bond is amazing! Show less

Hannah Goodman

Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws Student

I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Law, majoring in Corporate Communication. I received a Collegiate Leadership Scholarship, and was accepted to Bond before I took my final Year 12 exams. I visited Bond in Year 12 with a group of other high school students for the day. As soon as I stepped on campus I knew that this was the university I wanted to attend. It was both pretty and had a great atmosphere. The student culture is fun, positive and lively. Additionally, it is amazing that I am able to complete a double degree in 3 1/2 years where normally it would take others longer at normal universities.  The fact that you can drive to the beach on a study break also makes the lifestyle so much better!  Show more

I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Law, majoring in Corporate Communication. I received a Collegiate Leadership Scholarship, and was accepted to Bond before I took my final Year 12 exams. I visited Bond in Year 12 with a group of other high school students for the day. As soon as I stepped on campus I knew that this was the university I wanted to attend. It was both pretty and had a great atmosphere. The student culture is fun, positive and lively. Additionally, it is amazing that I am able to complete a double degree in 3 1/2 years where normally it would take others longer at normal universities.  The fact that you can drive to the beach on a study break also makes the lifestyle so much better! 

Specific highlights of my Bond experience so far would be attending Northern University Games twice with the Women's 1 netball team; taking part in the Kununurra Project; and being able to talk to lecturers and tutors easily if I have any queries. I enjoy sport and keeping a healthy lifestyle such as going to the Bond gym every morning (Such an amazing facility!)

I have undertaken a legal internship at McGregor O'Reilly Solicitors which was very beneficial in learning about my future career and passion in law. I am also currently completing an internship in Washington DC at the World Affairs Council DC which is focused on international affairs and global education. I am so thankful for this experience in DC as I have not only grown professionally but also personally.

I lived on campus from 152 until 172. I initially moved in to A Block where I met all of my friends (still friends with the same people!). Then at the beginning of 2016 I moved to North Tower so I could begin to focus on my studies more. I then moved off campus when I left Australia to begin my Semester internship in Washington DC.  I moved from Sydney to the Gold Coast to begin at Bond and although the transition was difficult it was also the most life changing experience. I became more independent - it was extremely fun moving out of home! All of the staff are so lovely and supportive, I felt like the move was very seamless.

In 5 years, I see myself working at a law firm combining my interests of communications and media with commercial litigation. Ideally later in my law career I would like to influence the indigenous rights laws and complete ProBono work in remote indigenous communities.

I would highly recommend applying for Bond, especially the Bond Scholarships that are available. It has hands down been the best experience of my life - there are so many more opportunities that are available to Bond Students due to the fact that the University is personalised and smaller than others. There are so many different clubs and societies to join -whether you like sport or culture or board games there is a club available to join. Bond is a place where studying is important, however, there are so many other aspects that contribute to your education. It is also a place where you will make life-long friends at that span the globe -whether you are in Switzerland, Hong Kong or Spain there will always be a Bondie there that can give you advice about the best place to eat or stay. Bond is amazing! Show less

Key features

  • Combine studies in Communication and Law
  • Small class sizes and personalised approach to learning
  • Graduate sooner with Bond’s accelerated degrees

About the program

The Bachelor of Communication gives students the ideal mix of theory and practice, combining foundational studies in Communication and Media with focused studies in a professional discipline including Journalism and Public Relations. It also allows students to pursue focused studies in the fields of Corporate Communication, Media and Advertising. Show more

The Bachelor of Communication gives students the ideal mix of theory and practice, combining foundational studies in Communication and Media with focused studies in a professional discipline including Journalism and Public Relations. It also allows students to pursue focused studies in the fields of Corporate Communication, Media and Advertising. The degree allows for a range of combinations of these studies, with students able to select a combination which will give them the best of both worlds; excellent career prospects and a stimulating course of study.

The Bachelor of Laws prepares students for a career as a legal professional, both within Australia and overseas. It provides students with a thorough grounding in essential areas of substantive law and access to a wide choice of law elective subjects, including the option of completing a specialisation. An integrated skills and professionalism program is embedded in the degree and focuses on core legal skills essential to the practice of law. The Bachelor of Laws provides an engaging learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration10 semesters (3 years 4 months)
Starting semesters
  • January 2018
  • May 2018
  • September 2018
  • January 2019
  • May 2019
  • September 2019
  • January 2020
  • May 2020
  • September 2020
Program typeBachelors Degree
Study areaCommunication and Creative Media, Law
Program codeHL-21052
CRICOS code093915J
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

The Bachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws enables you to graduate with two undergraduate degrees. The combined degree provides you with the professional outcomes and opportunities of both individual degrees. Please refer to the individual programs for professional outcomes.

Completing this combined program will provide opportunities for a range of careers in private, government and not for profit sectors. Graduates may seek to practise law whilst utilising a foundational understanding of the communication and media industries, or employ their understanding of Law to work in media industries with a background in compliance, regulation and intellectual property.

View the Bachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws - Program Structure and Sequencing for all semesters of commencement.

Bachelor of Laws with Honours

Students may be eligible for Honours. Please see the Law Honours / Distinction information page for eligibility requirements.

The total program fees for the Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws are:

  • $169,880

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Academic requirements

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Applicants must meet the University's general minimum admission criteria.

The following table provides comparative information for those students admitted into this program wholly or partly on the basis of OP/ATAR in January semester 2017.

ATAR based offers only, across all offer roundsATAR (OP in QLD)
(Excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR/OP plus any adjustment factors)
Highest rank to receive an offerOP1/ATAR 9999
75th percentile rank to receive an offerOP3/ATAR 9696
Median percentile rank to receive an offerOP4/ATAR 93.9594
25th percentile rank to receive an offerOP6/ATAR 87.8588
Lowest rank to receive an offerOP9/ATAR 80.581

Visit our student profile if you are interested in the profile of all students who commenced undergraduate study at Bond University in the January semester 2017.

International Secondary School students

For more information for International Students, including the International Baccalaureate, please go to the International Secondary School equivalency page.

Alternative entry pathways

For those applicants who do not currently have the required academic qualifications, there are a number of alternative entry pathways:

  • Bond University Tertiary Preparation programs
  • Bond University Diploma programs
  • Other institutional Tertiary Preparation Programs
  • Vocational education and training qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
  • Prior higher education experience (at this university or another)
  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
  • Professional or para-professional qualifications/experience
  • Employment experience verified by a statement of service from the employer stating the position title and length of service and a very brief statement on the tasks undertaken.

For more information on what is required please visit our how to apply page.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English language proficiency requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

Key dates

Bond University calendar

How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the online application form. To find out more about the application process please refer to how to apply.

Further study

When you finish your Bachelor of Laws degree, you will normally apply for the postgraduate professional qualification, the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (PLT) to enable you to apply for registration to practise Law.

My Study Abroad Experience - Hannah Goodman

I was lucky enough to be afforded the opportunity to attend the Washington Internship Institute in Fall 2018. This experience allowed me to complete an internship and study in Washington D.C simultaneously. My chosen internship placement was at the World Affairs Council-Washington D.C which is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to facilitating collaboration throughout the global education and international affairs community by hosting an array of educational events.  Show more

I was lucky enough to be afforded the opportunity to attend the Washington Internship Institute in Fall 2018. This experience allowed me to complete an internship and study in Washington D.C simultaneously. My chosen internship placement was at the World Affairs Council-Washington D.C which is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to facilitating collaboration throughout the global education and international affairs community by hosting an array of educational events.  My internship centred around working closely with the CEO & President to organise prestigious events at venues such as the Pakistan and Afghanistan Embassies. During these events, there were opportunities to network with some of the United States’ most elite professionals such as lawyers, politicians and journalists. One of the subjects I took as part of my study was Global Women’s Leadership Development which allowed me to expand my perspective on global women’s issues.

As for the D.C. lifestyle, I can hands down say that moving abroad for five months was the most life-changing and eye-opening experience of my life. It is one experience to travel with family and friends but it is a completely different experience to travel on your own. My time in D.C. was beyond amazing from the life-long friends I made to the never-ending list of tourist attractions there are to see, it is a city that quickly captures your heart. Whilst completing my internship, I was able to travel to places such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. I was even lucky enough to be welcomed into my friend’s family in San Francisco for Thanksgiving which is an experience I will never forget. If you are looking to study abroad but also want something professional and prestigious to add to your resume, applying for the Washington Internship Program is a must do – you will not regret it! Show less