Specialise with a Master of Laws at Bond
Personal. Professional. Global.
The Bond University Master of Laws program offers domestic and international law graduates the opportunity to undertake postgraduate legal education designed to suit their personal and professional circumstances. With a professional emphasis and various specialisations in commercial law, international law and dispute resolution, the Bond Master of Laws is designed to realise the educational and career aspirations of the global lawyer. Study on-campus, study online or combine both.
Bond University is consistently ranked first in Australia regarding the overall quality of the on-campus student experience for excellent reasons. At Bond, we have some of the best law teachers and scholars in the country delivering innovative law programs using genuinely 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 on-campus subjects at the cutting edge of contemporary legal scholarship and practice.
Bond Law has partnered with the Swiss International Law School (SiLS) to offer an online study option for the Bond Master of Laws with a specialisation in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution. The specialisation is tailored for law students and career professionals from different cultural and legal backgrounds, who aim for a high-level career in an international law firm, multinational company or government organisation. Its four 20 cps subjects apply state-of-the-art distance learning techniques to bridge the distance between students and their instructors, peers, and resources. Instructors based all over the world supervise online classes of no more than 20 domestic or international students. The online study option is available to domestic and offshore students.
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- Provides students with the opportunity to pursue a specialisation in an area of interest
- Small class sizes that create a personalised learning environment
- Taught by outstanding academics with industry knowledge
About the program
The Master of Laws (LLM) program provides students from a legal background with a specialist postgraduate law qualification. Students may choose to pursue a specialised area of study or select subjects from a broad range of law electives. The program develops advanced legal research and writing skills and enhances the ability of students to critically evaluate complex legal issues within a global context.
|Duration||2 semesters (8 months)|
|Program type||Masters Coursework|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
For domestic students, the Master of Laws provides a specialist postgraduate qualification to augment the practice of law in Australia. For international students, the program provides a wide range of subjects to broaden and internationalise an undergraduate law qualification.
The Master of Laws program comprises 80 credit points of law subjects from the list of postgraduate law electives. There are no compulsory subjects, which enables students to tailor the Master of Laws to their interests.
Students can graduate with a Master of Laws with a specialisation by completing at least 40 credit points of subjects from one of our specialisation categories. The name of the specialisation appears on the students' testamur. However, students are not required to complete a specialisation and may choose to graduate with a general Master of Laws by completing any combination of law subjects totalling 80 credit points.
Bond University’s teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.
On-campus specialisations are currently available in the following areas:
- Corporate and Commercial Law and Practice
- Family Dispute Resolution
- International Business and Finance Law
- Dispute Resolution
- Canadian Law and Practice
To be eligible for a specialisation, students must complete at least four of the 10 credit point subjects within the specialisation category. No general electives are offered in this program.
Online specialisations are currently available in the following areas:
The International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution specialisation is designed by leading experts and is offered online. Online specialisations are available to domestic and offshore international students only. To be eligible for the specialisation, students must complete at least two of the following 20 credit point subjects.
|Subject name||Credit points||Availability|
|International Sales and Transport Law||20|
2018: Jan, Sep
|International Corporate Law||20||2018: Jan, Sep|
|International Commercial Dispute Resolution||20||2018: May|
2019: Jan, Sep
|Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law||20||2018: May|
2019: Jan, Sep
Students can complete all four online subjects, and complete their Master of Laws entirely online, or complete their 80 credit points using a combination of online and on-campus subjects.
International Student visa holders please note: Under Australian student visa regulations the number of online subjects undertaken by student visa holders in this program cannot exceed 20 credit points. The remaining 60 credit points must be comprised of on-campus subjects.
Students enrolling in the above online subjects will receive complimentary access to the following bonus modules:
- Features of Common Law and Civil Law Systems
- Legal Research and Writing
- Legal and Compliance Risk
- Professional Ethics for the Global Lawyer
If you have any queries about the online study option, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected].
The total program fees for the Master of Laws are:
Price may vary depending on elective discipline choice.
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.
Academic entry requirements
The Master of Laws is offered to students who have completed a professional law qualification such as a Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor, or equivalent. Applicants from a non-English speaking background must achieve an IELTS score of at least 6.5, with no single band less than 6. Bond also accepts other English language tests including TOEFL iBT, CAE and PTE.
Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.
US Financial Aid - students intending to apply for, or who are in receipt of, US Financial Aid packages cannot be enrolled in programs with wholly online subjects or subjects with online components. As the Bond Master of Laws contains both of these subject delivery modes, students accessing US Financial Aid are excluded from enrolment in this program.
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.