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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Don’t miss the upcoming pre-departure webinar for new Bond University students!

Calling all semester 3 Bond University Juris Doctor and Master of Occupational Therapy students! You’ve got lots to do before you book your flight to the Gold Coast. This is where OzTREKK comes in.

Don't miss the upcoming pre-departure webinar for new Bond University students!

Don’t miss your pre-dep webinar July 30

OzTREKK is proud to support our students from start to finish, so that means we help you with your application, your offer, your acceptance, your pre-departure preparations—and your arrival!

Since our Bondies are scattered across Canada, we will be hosting a pre-departure webinar on Tuesday, August 1 at 8 p.m. to connect everyone together. Just like the in-person, pre-dep seminars, the webinar is a great opportunity to get prepared for this exciting, new step in your life!

Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Time: 8 p.m. (EST)
Venue: Online

The webinars provide an excellent avenue to learn more about the Australian student visa process, your accommodation options, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), travel arrangements, banking and finances, and general info about the Australian lifestyle and culture. Essentially, the session breaks down what to do prior to leaving Canada and what to do upon arrival in Australia.

This is your chance to get your questions answered—and reassure your family members to boot!

Remember, there is no such thing as a silly question: If you are wondering about how to get a cell phone, you can bet everyone else is, too. Questions are via chat, so ask away, Bondies!

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Make sure to contact your OzTREKK admissions officer if you have not yet received your Bond University pre-dep webinar log-in info!

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Bond University opens Family Dispute Resolution Clinic

Bond University family dispute resolution students, together with experienced practitioners, will provide affordable dispute resolution and mediation services to families coping with the difficulties of separation, with the launch of the new Family Dispute Resolution Clinic.

Family Dispute Resolution Clinic to open at Bond University

Libby Taylor and Deborah Wilmoth of the Bond Dispute Resolution Centre (Photo: Bond University)

The new initiative, the result of a collaboration between Bond University Faculty of Law and its Psychology Clinic, will help families access dispute resolution services to resolve parenting arrangements, together with providing referrals to other experienced professionals to ensure parties receive the professional support, guidance and advice needed during what are often very challenging times.

Family Dispute Resolution Clinic co-director Libby Taylor said the new centre was focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for families and, in particular, the best interests of the children.

“The clinic has been developed to assist families and children who are facing the challenges of separation and who need assistance in making both short and long-term parenting arrangements,” said Ms Taylor.

“The demand for this style of service is quite high, with families often forced to wait for some time for dispute resolution, which can make a stressful situation even more difficult.

“The students, under the guidance and supervision of accredited family dispute resolution practitioners, will work with these families to establish effective post-separation parenting arrangements, helping to reduce the negative effects of separation and conflict, particularly on children.”

Ms Taylor said the clinic would help address increased community demand for affordable dispute resolution and mediation services that could be readily accessed by families.

“We want to provide a safe and supportive environment, which meets the needs of the community, while providing our students with valuable experience so they are well equipped to deal with these complex issues when they become accredited family dispute resolution practitioners,” she said.

Psychology Clinic director Deborah Wilmoth said provisionally registered psychologists, in conjunction with qualified staff, would provide support by helping identify psychological risk factors that might need to be addressed as part of family dispute resolution and mediation.

“The new clinic will provide clients with a one-stop shop, where they can access psychological support as part of the family dispute resolution assessment, rather than needing to seek help elsewhere,” said Ms Wilmoth.

“We will also be offering a dedicated course for parents who are going through separation to help them understand the impact it can have on children.”

The establishment of the Bond University Family Dispute Resolution Clinic follows the success of the Bond Law Clinic, which was founded in 2013 and offers free legal advice to start-ups, small businesses and

registered not-for-profit organisations. The Bond Law Clinic assists about 420 organisations each year.

The Psychology Clinic was formed in 1999, as a teaching facility to provide psychological services to the Gold Coast community.

Choosing to study at Bond University Law School

Recognized as one of the top-ranked Australian law schools, Bond Law School has earned a reputation for its innovative teaching methods, international focus, skills training, and the outstanding success of its graduates. The Bond JD’s combination of excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program differentiates Bond from other institutions. It provides an exciting learning experience that both challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2017
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. You are encouraged to apply early, particularly if you are seeking entry into the September intake.

Entry Requirements for the Bond University Juris Doctor Program

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline in order to apply to the program. Students who have not yet completed a bachelor degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the program.
  • Two reference letters are required.
  • Applicants who have a cumulative average of 70% or above should apply to the program.

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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Would you like more information about studying at Bond University Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com!

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

From high school to law school: choosing the right Bachelor of Laws degree

Throughout Australia, more than 30 universities offer professional law degrees that are open to international students. These include undergraduate and graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws degrees as well as postgraduate Juris Doctor (JD) degrees.

From high school to law school: choosing the right Bachelor of Laws degree

Study law in Australia (Photo: Bond University)

Typically, Australian students complete either a general Bachelor of Laws program in four years or a combined/dual degree in five years. In these four- and five-year programs, students complete classes in other areas, in addition to their law subjects. In Australia, most Bachelor of Laws students graduate at approximately 23 years of age.

As a Canadian seeking to become qualified to practice law, you have a range of study options abroad. As Commonwealth nations, the Australian and Canadian systems are based on English common law, and Australian law schools provide a solid foundation for students planning to practice law in Canada (with the exception of Quebec). OzTREKK’s aim is to assist you in choosing the best Australian law school for you.

Bond University

Program: Bachelor of Laws
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years, 8 months full time (8 semesters in total)
Entry requirements: Completed a high school diploma with a minimum average of 70% based on the best Grade 12 subjects; (for students who have completed some university study, a 70% GPA is required)
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Griffith University

Program: Bachelor of Laws
Location: Brisbane or Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Entry requirements: Completed a high school diploma and successful completion of 6 university/college courses with an average of 76%.
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

James Cook University

Program: Bachelor of Laws
Location: Townsville or Cairns, Queensland
Semester intakes: February or July
Duration: 4 years
Entry requirements: Completed a high school diploma and achieved a minimum 70% average based on the best six Grade 12 subjects.
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Monash University

Program: Bachelor of Laws Honours
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intakes: February or July
Duration: 4 – 4.25 years
Entry requirements: Completed a high school diploma and achieved a minimum 85% average based on the best six Grade 12 subjects.
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

University of Newcastle

Program: Bachelor of Laws Honours (Combined degree)
Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Entry requirements: Completed a high school diploma and achieved a minimum 85% average based on the best six Grade 12 subjects.
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

University of Queensland

Program: Bachelor of Laws Honours
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Entry requirements: Completed a high school diploma with a minimum cumulative GPA of 98%. For students who have completed some university study, a 6.5 out of 7 GPA is required.
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

University of Sydney

Program: Bachelor of Laws
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 (or 6) years
Entry requirements: Completed a high school diploma. Entry requirements will be determined by the degree combination chosen for the Combined Law program
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Graduate qualifications in law from Australian universities are recognized internationally. Canadian students who wish to practice as lawyers upon their return to Canada are required to apply to the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) for assessment as the first step in the accreditation process.

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Think you might like to go to law school straight from high school? Find out more about Bachelor of Laws degrees in Australia. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Bond Law School offers free workshop for Canadian JD students

Did you know Bond Law School offers a short course in Canadian Professional Responsibility to their law students at no additional cost?

Bond Law School offers free course for Canadian JD students

Study law at Bond University!

In order to help prepare their Canadian students for the NCA exam, Bond Law offers an extracurricular workshop each semester—Canadian Professional Responsibility.

The course includes online seminars, reading lists and sample fact scenarios that introduce students to issues of lawyers’ ethics and professional responsibility, and specifically ethical reasoning in legal practice in the Canadian context. Students cover selected topics including the Federation of Canadian Law Societies, Federation Model Code of Professional, case law arising from this material and to the application of the law of fiduciary obligations to lawyer-client relationships.

The course does not include assigned assessment, but is designed aid students in understanding Canadian Professional Responsibility and assist with preparations for the NCA exams.

Bond Law School also offers four Canadian Law subject. These courses can assist Canadian graduates in preparation for their NCA examinations in these areas:

  • Foundations of Canadian Law
  • Canadian Criminal Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Canadian Administrative Law

The faculty also be packages their Canadian subjects as a “Graduate Certificate in Canadian Law” able to be taken by Canadian students, whether from Bond or elsewhere, to assist them in preparing for the NCA exams.

About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

Bond University’s Juris Doctor program is a professional legal qualification designed to equip students for a career in the legal profession, business, industry or government, in Australia and overseas. This law program features excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program, which provides an exciting learning experience that challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

With three intakes per year, January, May and September, Bond Law Juris Doctor candidates are able to apply any time throughout the year—and the LSAT is not required!

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2017
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply early, particularly if they are seeking entry for a September intake.

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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Do you have any questions about how to apply to Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 for more information!

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Bond Law information sessions in Canada this June

In order to best serve you, Bond Law holds information sessions across Canada twice each year so that you can discover more about life at Bond University. These events are hosted by Bond University International Regional Manager Stuart Floyd, who is based in Toronto full time and is familiar with what Canadians “need to know” about studying law in Australia!

Bond Law information sessions in Canada this June

Don’t miss the upcoming Bond Law information sessions!

Bond is Australia’s largest law school for Canadian Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws candidates. Bond has strong links with Canada and has been training Canadian lawyers for more than 20 years. There are currently more than 150 Canadian students studying law at Bond University and an active Canadian Law Students’ Association.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Toronto  – June 18, 2017
Calgary – June 20, 2017
Edmonton – June 21, 2017
Vancouver – June 22, 2017

Study at Bond Law School

Recognized as one of the top-ranked Australian law schools, Bond Law School has earned a reputation for its innovative teaching methods, international focus, skills training, and the outstanding success of its graduates. The Bond JD’s combination of excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program differentiates Bond from other institutions. It provides an exciting learning experience that both challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

The Bond JD features a new Integrated Skills and Professionalism Program, embedded in the compulsory curriculum, which focuses on the development of legal skills essential to the practice of law. In addition, students will have greater flexibility to undertake law electives in areas of interest, including completing an optional law specialisation.

With three intakes per year, January, May and September, Bond Law Juris Doctor candidates are able to apply any time throughout the year—and the LSAT is not required!

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply now to Bond Law School!

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For details about the upcoming Bond Law info sessions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Monday, May 15th, 2017

It’s National Law Week in Australia

National Law Week in Australia takes place throughout Australia in May each year. This year, it runs from May 15 – 19. Law Week provides Australians (and visitors) to get a closer look at how law and justice works in each Australian state. A range of exciting and interactive activities are being held around Australia celebrate Law Week, including courthouse tours, mock trials and student competitions.

It's National Law Week in Australia

Find out how you can study at an Australian law school (Photo: Bond University)

Law Week events in Australia are organized individually or by a group of organizations collaborating to share ideas and resources. Some examples of organizations who participate in and support Law Week include the Courts Administration Authority, law firms, Australian police departments, municipal libraries, community legal centres, legal aid, and the Attorney General’s Department. Usually, Law Week’s major highlight is Courts Open Day, which provides a chance to explore the rich heritage of the courts. Tours, mock trials, sentencing exercises and meet-the-judge sessions give visitors an insight into court operations and personalities.

Law Week events are aimed for the whole community to enjoy. These events provide opportunities for people from all walks of life to gain new perspectives on legal and justice issues. These events will be of interest to those who work in legal and justice agencies and students, especially students studying at Australian law schools.

Australian Law Schools are a popular option for Canadian students wishing to attain qualifications to practice law.

But how do you know which degree to take—the LLB or the JD? It’s a question we receive a lot here at the OzTREKK office. Just what is the difference between the Bachelor of Laws and the Juris Doctor? Although we’ve covered the topic before, with so many new applicants, we felt it was important to have another look and answer some other common questions we receive.

What is the difference between the LLB and the JD?

The Bachelor of Laws and the Juris Doctor are both professionally recognized degrees. Both LLB and JD programs educate students to practice law and allow them to apply for registration in Canada. The main difference is that the LLB is offered at the undergraduate level, and the JD is offered at the postgraduate level. LLB students can study the program directly from high school or after having completed post-secondary studies, while the JD or graduate-entry LLB requires a completed bachelor degree for admission.

At some Australian law schools, JD programs are fast-tracked, so that you can complete them in two calendar years, as opposed to a three-year, graduate-entry LLB. Entry requirements for JD programs can be more competitive, especially as they become more popular with North American students. At universities where both a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Laws are offered, students who have already completed an undergraduate degree normally apply for the postgraduate professional qualification (JD).

After I graduate, what do I have to do in order to be eligible to practice law in Canada?

An assessment based on your academic and professional profile is done before you may apply for admission to a law society in a Canadian common law jurisdiction. Once a file is assessed by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), you may be asked to complete one or more exams and/or attend and complete specific law school courses within a prescribed time frame. Upon successful completion of these requirements, the NCA issues a Certificate of Qualification. The certificate will state that you have education and training equivalent to that of a graduate from a Canadian law school.

How can I take the examinations in Canadian law?

There are two ways of taking these examinations if they have not been taken as part of an Australian Law School degree. Once an assessment is complete, you may either complete assigned subjects with NCA “challenge exams” or complete assigned subjects at law school.

The more popular route for Canadians is the challenge exams.

NCA assessments focus on the competence of applicants in core common law subjects, including four Canadian subjects which are mandatory for all applicants:

  • Principles of Canadian Administrative Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Foundations of Canadian Law

A syllabus and sample exam are available for each subject.

How much difference is there between Australian and Canadian law?

The principles and methodology of Australian and Canadian law are similar. The details of statutory provisions and case-law obviously differ, but an Australian law degree provides a good basis for taking examinations in Canadian law and for legal practice in Canada.

Will I be able to practice law in Australia?

These are two separate issues: qualification as an Australian lawyer and possession of a visa entitling you to work in Australia. Admission to the legal profession in Australia requires—depending on the state—the completion of either articles or a six-month Practical Legal Training program. Australian immigration operates on a “points” system for working visas. Some points are awarded for having an Australian degree, but additional points are required. Some of OzTREKK’s Australian law school graduates have qualified and are working in Australia. For further information, you should contact the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection or an Australian consulate in Canada.

Which law programs do OzTREKK Australian Law Schools offer?

OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools offer either a graduate-entry LLB or JD. Click on the links below to find out more about the university’s law program.

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For information about about law degrees offered in Australia, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call (toll free in Canada) at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Heading to Bond Law School this September? Apply for a scholarship!

Bond University International Student Scholarships

Have you applied to Bond Law School’s Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws for the September 2017 intake? Why not apply for a scholarship?

Bond aims to offer the best and brightest students from around the globe, with tuition remission scholarships based on academic merit, as well as community, leadership and sporting achievements. The International Student Scholarships are a testament to Bond University’s commitment to quality and outstanding international students. These scholarships are available to international students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, as well as community, leadership and sporting achievements.

Heading to Bond Law School this September? Apply for a scholarship!

Find out how you can study at Bond Law School

These scholarships will award up to 50% tuition remission. Please note that the deferral of a scholarship will only be granted in extenuating circumstances, such as illness, family bereavement or essential overseas travel. Scholarships will be awarded at the university’s discretion.

Eligibility

  • Available to all international students applying for a single or combined bachelor or master’s degree program (excluding Bond University’s Medical Program, Master of Psychology, and Doctor of Physiotherapy).
  • Scholarships are open to international students who are not Australian citizens or holders of permanent residency visas.
  • Applicants must have outstanding academic ability, demonstrated strong leadership skills and extensive involvement in extracurricular activities.
  • Students whose first language is not English must refer to and meet Bond University’s standard English entry requirements for undergraduate applicants and English entry requirements for postgraduate applicants.
  • Applicants will be asked to submit academic statements, a summary of achievements, and letters of reference from relevant individuals who can support their application. They will also be asked to submit a 500-word personal statement outlining key achievements  and attributes.

Application Submission
For September 2017 semester entry, applications will close on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Interested applicants will need to submit an application via the OzTREKK office to get the process started. We will then guide you through the entire application process to ensure your application is complete and eligible for assessment.

OzTREKK applicants need to be prepared to submit the following:

  • Submit a Bond Law School application to OzTREKK: Apply to the Bond JD | Apply to the Bond LLB
  • Copies of your most recent transcripts (high school or university).
  • Two references who can vouch for your achievements.
  • A 500-word personal statement outlining why you feel you should be awarded with one of these scholarships.
  • A summary of achievements or current CV that exemplifies your particular area of excellence.

Bond University Juris Doctor

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Next available intake: September 2017
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply early, particularly if they are seeking entry for a September intake.

Entry Requirements for the Bond University Juris Doctor Program

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline in order to apply to the program. Students who have not yet completed a bachelor degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the program.
  • Two reference letters are required.
  • Applicants who have a cumulative average of 70% or above should apply to the program.

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Would you like more information about the Bond University International Student Scholarships or about how to apply to Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Students rank Bond University best in Australia—again

Bond University has topped institutions from around Australia to earn the highest level of student satisfaction, according to new data released by the Federal Government recently.

Students at the independent Gold Coast university rated their educational experience at Bond University the best in the country in the latest undergraduate Student Experience Survey, released by the Department of Education on its Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website.

Students rank Bond University best in Australia—again

Students rank Bond University #1 in Australia—again!

“We are extremely pleased and also humbled that our students have again rated their experience at Bond the best in the nation,” he said.

“This achievement reflects our absolute focus on the student, their learning environment, quality of teaching, personal development and graduate outcomes.

“We talk at Bond about transforming our students’ lives and it is pleasing that our students recognise what we do and the impact it has on them and their career journey.”

The recognition is the latest accolade for Bond University, which just two weeks ago was named among the best in the world in the influential Times Higher Education (THE) Top 50 ‘Gen Y’ Universities and ranked between 101–150 in the 2017 THE Young University Rankings.

Bond University was also the only Australian university to make the grade in the Times Higher Education ‘Top 20 Small Universities in the World’ rankings, which were released in March.

What do Canadians study most often at Bond University?

Bond Juris Doctor (JD)

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: September 2017
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the beginning of the program.

Apply now to Bond Law School!

Do you have questions about Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Bond Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: May
Next available intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the May 2017 intake, applications closed Aug. 11, 2016.

Apply now to Bond Physiotherapy School!

Would you like more information about Bond Physiotherapy School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Physiotherapy Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

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Discover more about studying at Bond University!

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Bond Law talks about professional admission to practice law in Canada

Many Canadians are deciding to study law at an Australian university. And why not? Many Australian law schools are among the top 50 in the world! But what comes after you’ve received your law degree?

Bond Law talks about professional admission to practice law in Canada

Learn more about Bond Law School

To practice law in Canada, you will need to complete articles and a bar admission course. To be eligible for articles and a bar admission course in any of the common law provinces, a graduate of an Australian law program will need a Certificate of Qualification (CQ) from the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The NCA issues a CQ to international qualified applicants confirming that the applicant has an understanding and knowledge of Canadian law and knowledge equivalent to that of a graduate of a Canadian common law program.

Application for a CQ is made to the NCA at the end of your Bond Law degree. Once a Canadian law student receives a final graduation certificate and applies to the NCA, it currently takes about three months for the NCA to issue a CQ, or to advise which extra challenge exams the graduate must complete in Canada. In order for the NCA to issue the CQ, assessment criteria must be met.

Students are strongly encouraged consult the NCA website and conduct their own research to ensure they are aware of the requirements pertaining to their specific circumstances.

The NCA certifies that an applicant has

  • an understanding and knowledge of Canadian law, and
  • knowledge equivalent to that of a graduate of a Canadian common law program.

Equivalence to an approved Canadian common law, law degree serves as the benchmark when the NCA evaluates applicants with legal education or training in another country or in a Canadian civil law program. The NCA Certificate of Qualification does not, however, duplicate a Canadian law degree, which varies between law schools. NCA applicants may be asked to challenge examinations in subjects that all law schools may not require for a law degree.

Effective January 2015, the NCA introduced a new Assessment Policy. The new policy clarifies different aspects of the NCA Assessment process and brings the policy into compliance with the Federation’s National Requirement for Canadian Common Law Programs. Other NCA policies, including Assessment Appeal and deadlines for completing assigned requirements, are unchanged.

Choosing to study at Bond Law School

Recognized as one of the top-ranked Australian law schools, Bond Law School has earned a reputation for its innovative teaching methods, international focus, skills training, and the outstanding success of its graduates. The Bond JD’s combination of excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program differentiates Bond from other institutions. It provides an exciting learning experience that both challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career.

Bond Canadian Law Students Association

You may be far from home, but the Bond Canadian Law Students Association (CLSA) helps to make your transition as smooth as possible. They provide information sessions on the National Committee of Accreditation process as well as information for Canadians wishing to stay in Australia.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Apply now to Bond Law School!

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Learn more about Bond Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Bond Law mooting team competes in state and national pre-moots

The 2017 Bond University Vis (East) Moot team competed in the Queensland round of the CIArb Australia Vis Pre-Moot in Brisbane on 16 February 2017, and as winners of that round progressed to the national round of the CIArb Australia Vis Pre-Moot in Melbourne held on March 1, 2017.

Bond Law mooting team competes in state and national pre-moots

The 2016–2017 Bond University team (Photo credit: Bond University)

Although Australian pre-moots have been held for a number of years, it is the first time that the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators have become involved in the pre-moot competition. It is also the first time that Bond University participated. Pre-moots are an important part of the Vis moot competition, and pre-moots are held all over the world.

The Vis moot competition is the second largest moot competition in the world, and has two ‘sister’ moots—the Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition held in Vienna, and the Willem C Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition held in Hong Kong. In 2016, more than 350 teams from all over the world participated in the Vienna moot, and 115 in the Hong Kong moot. The Vis (East) moot is now in its 14th year, and the Vis Vienna moot in its 24th year.

Bond University has participated in the Willem C Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition since 2009, and has won three of the major awards in the competition since 2011. In 2011, the Bond team won the David Hunter Award for the Team that prevails in Oral Arguments. In 2012 the Bond team won the Eric Bergsten Award for the Best Claimant Memorandum, and in 2015, Lachlan Hopwood, a Bond team member won the Neil Kaplan Award for Best Oralist.

The moot problems set for this competition always deal with matters relating to international commercial dispute resolution through arbitration, and they always involve the application of the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods. The issues in the problem this year are very interesting, and include the question as to whether an order for security for costs should be granted against the party bringing the matter to arbitration. Another issue is whether a vaguely worded hand-written addendum to an agreement can have the effect of including a fixed exchange rate clause into the original agreement where there was no express regulation of the exchange rate in the original agreement.

The 2016-2017 Bond University team is a diverse team with two Canadian Juris Doctor students, Moira McAvoy and Blake Thomas, and two Australian LLB-combined degree students, Stephanie Centorame and Makaela Fehlhaber. They are coached by the Director of Mooting, Assistant Professor Louise Parsons. The student coach, Jeremy Butcher, was the runner-up in the Neil Kaplan Award for the Best Oralist in the Vis (East) moot in 2016.

The team will head off to Hong Kong at the end of March 2017 where they will compete against 125 other teams from all over the world.

About Mooting

Mooting is a simulated court proceeding where student teams are presented with a legal problem which they are required to argue before a “judge” or panel of “judges.” Through their preparation and presentation of each case, students show an understanding of the relevant law and how it should be applied in their client’s case.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: May 2017
Duration: 2 years (over 6 semesters)
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the beginning of the program.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline. Students who have not yet completed a bachelor degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Bond JD program. In common with most other Australian universities, Bond does not use the LSAT as an entry criterion.
  • Two reference letters are required.
  • Applicants who have a cumulative average of 70% or above should apply.

Apply now to Bond Law School!

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Would you like more information about Bond Law School and this information session? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com!