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Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Graduating from an Australian law school and the NCA assessment process

What is the NCA assessment process after you’ve graduated from an Australian law school?

If you’re considering studying law, you know it can be extremely competitive to get into a Canadian law school—and there are very few places available. Not being offered a coveted place often forces some students to rethink their career goals. For others, it just makes them more determined: they begin to look at other options, like studying law abroad.

Graduating from an Australian law school and the NCA assessment process

Are you getting ready to study for the NCA challenge exams?

Graduate qualifications from an Australian law school 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.

Understanding the process to become a lawyer

The NCA evaluates the credentials of foreign lawyers or Canadians with a foreign law degree who wish to be admitted as a lawyer in Canada. There is a five-step process involved in each NCA assessment and each application is assessed on an individual basis. The basic process when returning to Canada and meeting the requirements to practice as a lawyer are as follows:

  • NCA – Assessment and challenge examination
  • Articling (or a Law Practice Program – LPP)
  • Barrister & Solicitor Exam
  • Being “called to the Bar”

When students graduate from an Australian law school, they must first apply to have their credentials assessed by the NCA. All applications are assessed by the NCA on a case-by-case basis, because everyone’s application is usually very unique and different based on their own personal experiences and academic history.

NCA assessments focus on the core common law subjects in which you will demonstrate competence, including five Canadian subjects which are mandatory for all applicants. Most Australian law school graduates who apply through the NCA would be asked to complete challenge exams in the following five areas:

  1. Principles of Canadian Administrative Law
  2. Canadian Constitutional Law
  3. Canadian Criminal Law and Procedure
  4. Foundations of Canadian Law
  5. Canadian Professional Responsibility

Exams are graded on a pass/fail basis (50% is considered a pass). Results are released approximately 10–12 weeks from the date of the last scheduled exam of each session.

The NCA exams are self-study, so you must obtain the material on your own. Many law graduates get their texts from law schools/libraries, and from searching on Google. Be sure to consult the syllabus before purchasing the materials as the textbooks used can change, and ensure you purchase the correct edition of all texts.

Once the applicant has successfully completed the assigned requirements, the NCA will issue a Certificate of Qualification. That certificate is required to apply to a Canadian law society in a common law jurisdiction. More info is available on the NCA website.

Which law programs do OzTREKK Australian law schools offer?

The following Australian Law Schools offer either a graduate-entry LLB or JD and most offer an undergraduate-entry LLB:

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Would you like more information about law degrees offered in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com!

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Ryerson Law Practice Program webinars

Graduate qualifications in law from Australian Law Schools are recognized internationally. Very often, the process of coming back to Canada to practice law causes some confusion and concern, and we are often asked, What happens after I graduate? Articling or Law Practice Program?

Ryerson University will be holding two Law Practice Program webinars. Together with the Managing Director Chris Bentley, Director Gina Alexandris, and Assistant Director, Work Placement André Bacchus, you will also hear from current and former LPP candidates.

Ryerson Law Practice Program webinars

Study law in Australia—practice in Canada

  • Monday, February 12, 2018 (12–1:30 p.m. EST)
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (6–7:30 p.m. EST)

Register now for a Ryerson LPP webinar.

About the Ryerson Law Practice Program

Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP) is the innovative eight-month licensing program available to Law Society of Ontario licensing candidates seeking to get called to the Bar in Ontario.

Practical Training (August – December)

  • Candidates work both individually and in “law firms” supported by practicing lawyers
  • Practical—files developed by practicing lawyers
  • Relevant—interview clients, conduct research, draft documents, letters and agreements, develop an approach, conduct negotiations, prepare the client, argue motions, conduct examinations and cross-examinations, and manage the client and the practice

Work Placement (January – April)

  • Candidates are trained to hit the ground running
  • Employers include major institutions, large and small firms, specialty boutiques, governments, clinics and sole practitioners throughout Ontario
  • Practical—files developed by practicing lawyers

Join an upcoming Ryerson LLP webinar and learn more about an alternative pathway to articling in Ontario from the senior leadership at the Ryerson LPP.

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If you have any questions specific to the program or the webinars, please reach out to them directly at 416-979-5000, ext. 3024 or lpp@ryerson.ca.

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

High school students experience Bond Law School

Recently, 93 students and teachers from six Gold Coast schools enjoyed a unique day at Bond University Law School in the Faculty of Law’s Moot Court.

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The students attended “Court Discovery” to gain valuable insight into a courtroom environment and proceedings, and the workings of the Australian Criminal Court System. All participants watched the mock trial unfold, with commentary and help from Course Convenor Libby Taylor to determine if the accused was innocent or guilty.

Clinical Associate Professor Libby Taylor has run Court Discovery twice this year, with the other successful session held in February, and is glad to continue running the popular event for high schools who may not have access to a court room otherwise. Libby is also glad to use current Bond Professional Legal Training (PLT) students in the mock trial so they are able to gain additional practical experience in the court room.

The three-hour program consisted of

  • an overview of the Australian Criminal Court System;
  • video incident briefing;
  • aspects of a criminal mock trial – prosecution, defence, witness examination and cross-examination, and verdict;
  • morning or afternoon tea with the academics; and
  • a tour of the Legal Skills Centre by current members of the Law Students Association.

After hearing about the event through an email sent to the school, Mandy Bevan from Benowa State High School signed her students up to attend as the timing fitted with the curriculum being taught in the senior Legal Studies class.

“The students enjoyed learning the court process by actually seeing how it works. They felt they understood the roles of the court personal better. Those students that participated as jurors (although a little nervous) enjoyed being part of the process,” Mandy said.

By attending Court Discovery the high school students were also able to ask current Bond University Law School students about studying the Juris Doctor program and university life at Bond University during the faculty tour.

The next Court Discovery event is likely to be held in February 2014.

About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) 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.

Apply now to Bond Law School!

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Questions about studying at Bond University or about Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKKs Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Melbourne Law School launches law blog

The first comprehensive Australian academic legal blog dedicated to the proceedings of Australia’s High Court, “Opinions On High – High Court Blog,” has been launched at the University of Melbourne.

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Opinions on High based at Melbourne Law School will be the first academic law blog in Australia to provide free, up-to-date public commentary on the major decisions of Australia’s highest court.

The High Court hands down approximately 60 decisions each year affecting the lives of many Australians. The blog has launched with opinion posts on major decisions in 2013.

Melbourne Law School Associate Dean (Engagement) Professor Miranda Stewart said the blog was aimed at delivering a timely, interesting and accessible resource on the court.  “For interested members of the community, as well as legal professionals and scholars, this will be a forum for lively discussion about High Court decisions.”

“This is a great opportunity for us to contribute to community legal education, and to do it in a way that goes beyond the traditional restraints of formal journals,” the Melbourne Law School associate dean said, adding that they are hopeful the blog will not only fill a gap in the Australian legal education landscape but also the local legal blogging scene, and will deepen the public’s knowledge of Australia’s highest court.

The new site draws inspiration from some blogs already in place for the leading courts in New Zealand, the United States and Canada, while developing those initiatives further.

As well as posting expert comment on court decisions, the “Opinions on Highblog will maintain regularly updated resource pages for all pending cases, and will include features, such as interviews with former Justices. Commentary will not just be by academic staff, with students, alumni and experts from the profession also involved in dissecting various cases.

Dean of Melbourne Law School Professor Carolyn Evans said the faculty was well positioned to provide expertise on the court.  “Melbourne Law School has the breadth of expertise that allows us to write on a wide range of cases and we are looking forward to engaging more directly with the public to raise understanding of these important areas of law.”

The Melbourne Law School was recently ranked fifth in the world by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) 2013 World University Rankings by subject.

Apply to Melbourne Law School!

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If you have any questions regarding Melbourne Law School and the Juris Doctor program, 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.

Find out more about Australian Law Schools and about how OzTREKK helps you to study in Australia!

 

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

UQ Law School studies finding a balance between traditional and modern law

The relationship between traditional and modern legal systems in Pacific island nations will be the focus research by a University of Queensland Law School professor.

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UQ‘s Professor Jennifer Corrin will play a key role in a $2-million global research project designed to resolve social, economic and environmental issues created by conflicts between traditional and modern legal systems in Canada, Africa and the South Pacific.

Professor Corrin is co-investigator in the five-year ‘State and Indigenous Legal Cultures: Law in Search of Legitimacy’ project’, led by the University of Ottawa and involving researchers from 14 universities in seven countries.

“Many countries are struggling with an inheritance of legal pluralism that recognizes both the formal written law and indigenous customary laws,” she said.

The term “legal pluralism” refers to the co-existence of different legal systems within one social field.

The UQ Law School professor noted that they hope to identify practical measures to achieve law reform and legal development to accommodate both types of laws.

“In the South Pacific, the problem poses urgent challenges today, especially in sensitive areas such as access to land and natural resources, and family life, including youth protection, criminal affairs and human rights,” she said, adding that the research aims to find transferable lessons and solutions to the problems which arise from pluralism by devising avenues of reform which take account of both systems of law and result in effective, legitimate and locally resonant legal systems.

The project includes a number of Indigenous contributors who have identified the research priority as the relationship between indigenous customary and state law in the areas of justice, family and land.

“It is very exciting to have the opportunity to work with such a prestigious and diverse international team to examine this neglected area of law,” Professor Corrin said.

Professor Corrin is a member of the project’s Pacific Group which will focus on the laws of the small South Pacific island states.

The research will create opportunities for students at the TC Beirne School of Law, as a research higher degree student will be recruited for the project and undergraduate law students can apply to take part through the 2013 UQ Summer Research Program.

The project is led by University of Ottawa law Professor Ghislain Otis, and has received $A1.99m funding from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnerships Grants program and smaller amounts from the University of Ottawa and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

About UQ Law School

The University of Queensland Law School is a long established and leading Australian law school. The law school is committed to providing high quality undergraduate and postgraduate legal education, and of contributing to the production of lasting and cutting-edge research.

The three-year, graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree at the UQ Law School is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and deep understanding of legal principles and institutions that is distinguished by its rigour, depth and conceptual sophistication. Your education in the law will include not only a thorough understanding of the concepts, principles, policies and values that underpin and permeate the law both in Australia and in other jurisdictions, but will also see you develop a critical and reflective attitude to the law, and more generally, a capacity for sustained critical analysis, thought and argument.

Apply to UQ Law School!

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To find out more about studying law in Australia and at the University of Queensland, contact OzTREKK Australian Law School Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston. Learn which law school in Australia is right for you! Phone Shannon at 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada), or email shannon@oztrekk.com.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about studying in Australia and about law programs at Australian universities.

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

UQ Law School graduate secures internship in The Netherlands

University of Queensland Law School graduate Brooke Marshall has secured a sought-after internship at the Permanent Bureau of The Hague Conference on Private International Law in The Netherlands.

Ms Marshall, a solicitor with Allens in Brisbane, said she was honoured to have been selected for the 2013 Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship.

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“I have a deep fascination with the complexities of private international law—an interest piqued by my undergraduate studies at the TC Beirne School of Law,” she said.

“The Nygh internship presents a unique opportunity to work at the world’s leading organization for the harmonization of the rules of private international law.”

The Hague Conference on Private International Law is a global, inter-governmental body seeking internationally agreed approaches to situations common to many countries with different legal systems, for example, child protection, marriage and commercial law.

Its first meeting was held in 1893 on the initiative of Tobias Asser, the 1911 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

“The Hague Conference promotes access to justice in cross-jurisdictional situations and gives life to Tobias Asser’s vision of a global order of richly diverse bodies of civil and commercial laws through the progressive unification of the rules of private international law,” Ms Marshall said.

During the six-month internship, Ms Marshall will work within the Permanent Bureau researching and translating texts and drafting advice and recommendations from Expert Working Groups into international instruments.

The role will draw on French language skills she gained at the UQ School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies and through UQ Abroad university exchanges in Paris and Lyon.

The Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship is awarded in memory of The Hon Dr Peter Nygh AM, a former judge of the Family Court of Australia and a leading international lawyer.

Following her graduation from UQ with Honours in 2012, Ms Marshall worked as an associate to The Honourable Justice Keane while he was Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia before joining Allens.

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Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information about the UQ Law School and other law schools in Australia. Email Shannon at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

 

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Melbourne Law academic named Scholar of the Year

Dr Mark McMillan, a senior lecturer in Melbourne Law School, has been named Scholar of the Year at this year’s National Aboriginies and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) awards, held in Perth.

The annual National NAIDOC awards recognize the outstanding contributions that Indigenous Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people or to promote Indigenous issues in the wider community.

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In accepting the award, Dr McMillan paid tribute to his grandmother as one of his key inspirations.  “She was very clear that education was the key to opportunity and the key to being a responsible adult.  She wanted—she demanded—that education be taken seriously,” he said.

A Wiradjuri man from Trangie, NSW, Dr McMillan joined the Law School of the University of Melbourne in 2011 as a specialist on Indigenous law, property law and public law. He is a board member of the Trangie Local Aboriginal Land Council and a Trustee of the Roberta Sykes Education Foundation.

Dr McMillan said his experiences with the law while growing up also inspired him to follow a path into legal academia. “Growing up, I saw some of the worst aspects of the law and the legal system, merely because of where we lived and saw the effects of policing, the courts and jails; however, I also got to see and experience the law as a site of hope, a site of recognition, a site for the articulation of our needs, our aspirations and our sights; a site for our stories.

“My plan is to educate the students at Melbourne Law School about the effects the legal system has had and continues to have on Indigenous existence and experience.”

Dean of the Law School, Prof Carolyn Evans, said the entire faculty was proud of Dr McMillan’s achievement.  “Mark’s colleagues are delighted to hear about this national recognition for the importance of the work that he is undertaking.”

Curious about studying law at Melbourne Law School?

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years (standard course structure); 2 or 2.5 years (accelerated course structure)
Application deadline: November 30, 2013

Entry Requirements

Melbourne JD applicants must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
  • completed the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

The Melbourne JD has three selection criteria:

  1. Academic results achieved in previous tertiary studies
  2. The LSAT score
  3. The applicant’s personal statement

Melbourne JD application must include a personal statement of up to 850 words. It should emphasize any aspect of your personal history that may enhance your application, including extracurricular activity, community involvement, work experience, caregiver responsibilities, relevant personal characteristics and any outstanding achievements. Statements should be typewritten, the pages numbered, and the applicant’s name and date of birth should appear on each page.

Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Melbourne JD program.

Apply to Melbourne Law School!

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If you have any questions regarding Melbourne Law School and the Juris Doctor program, 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.

Find out more about Australian Law Schools and about how OzTREKK helps you to study in Australia!

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Monash Law School trio appointed to Federal Court

Three Monash Law School alumni have received the honour of being appointed to the Federal Court of Australia.

Bachelor of Laws graduates The Honourable Justice Tony Pagone, The Honourable Justice Jennifer Davies and Ms Debbie Mortimer SC were recommended to the Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus QC, as suitable for appointment to the Federal Court on June 13, 2013.

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Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Laws 1976, 1977 and 1979 respectively, Justice Pagone went on to become a member of staff at Monash University holding various teaching positions, including senior lecturer in law from 1980 to 1992. He was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1980, practicing as a judge in 2007. His specialties include tax, commercial law, administrative law and civil rights, and he has also published several books and articles including Tax Avoidance in Australia.

Justice Davies graduated with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Laws in 1978. She was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria as a barrister and solicitor in 1980, and was appointed as a judge in 2009. Nowadays, Justice Davies organizes the commercial law seminars for the legal profession, which are conducted by Monash University, the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Law Institute of Victoria and the Victorian Bar.

One of the few women with High Court practice, Ms Mortimer has undertaken a wide range of cases at the Bar, specializing in administrative and constitutional law, anti-discrimination and extradition. Graduating with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) in 1985 and 1987, Ms Mortimer was admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1988 and later taught torts, property law and evidence in the Monash University Faculty of Law . She is also the author of several publications, including co-authoring the student textbook Evidence.

Monash Law School

The Monash JD is a graduate law degree designed to teach the knowledge and skills required to practice law. This innovative law degree recognizes the needs of graduates who wish to study law, providing the transferable skills and knowledge only a law degree from one of Australia’s leading universities can provide.

Entry Requirements for the Monash Law School JD Program

  • JD applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.
  • Applicants with a minimum, cumulative average of 75% above in their university studies, as well as work/life experience, will be considered for admission. Please note that each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study. Monash University does not require the LSAT for entry in the Juris Doctor program.
  • Work experience is not required for admission.
  • OzTREKK also recommends that students submit a resume and/or a personal statement along with their application.
  • Interviews may be conducted if a candidate meets the academic requirements. If an interview is required, it will be held via teleconferencing by the JD assessment team.
  • Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Monash JD program.

Apply now Monash Law School!

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For more information about Australian Law Schools entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, and scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Law Schools in Australia page or contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston by emailing shannon@oztrekk.com or calling 1 866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Contact OzTREKK for more information about how we help you to study in Australia and about law programs at Australian universities.

 

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Hey, Bondies! Your pre-departure webinar is coming up next week!

So, you’re starting at Bond University Law School in September. You’ve got lots to do before you book your flight to the Gold Coast. This is where OzTREKK comes in.

OzTREKK is proud to support our students from start to finish. 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’ve decided to hold a pre-departure webinar on Tuesday, July 23 from 6 – 9 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!

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 parents to boot! Remember, there is no such thing as a silly question: If you are wondering about how to get a bank card, you can bet your bottom dollar everyone else is, too. Questions are via chat, so ask away, Bondies!

Want to sit in on the online pre-dep seminar? Please email OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com for details about how you can register.

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Bond University digs deep for charities on Open Day

Everyone from the homeless to indigenous youth and children suffering from autism spectrum disorder benefitted from the Bond University Open Day held July 14.

Bond University’s Open Day attracts families from around Australia annually, and this year Bond used it to assist in fundraising for the multiple charities that the student body and academics provide support for throughout the year.

University Vice-chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, said the Bond University community did a lot of work with charities and community causes that went largely unnoticed.

“Our students and academics do a fantastic job across a whole range of areas and our open day is a great opportunity for people to not only see what Bond offers them personally, but what Bond does to make our overall community a better place,” he said.

Each of Bond University’s faculties and institutes raised awareness for a charity in which their students, academics and alumni work closely.

Bond physiotherapy program students, as part of their course, have to raise a minimum of $800 for four community non-profit organizations. The students in four separate groups raised money for Bond Children’s Camp, NSW Police Legacy Fund, Headway Inc and Fijian Physiotherapy school. Funds raised were presented to the organizations prior to the open day.

The university also handed out information bags to everyone who attended, each containing a “Token of Goodwill.” The attendees were asked to lodge the tokens with the faculty or charity in which they have the most interest. At the end of the day, the faculties and institutes with the most tokens were provided with additional funding to use in their chosen charity area.

About Bond University

Bond University is Australia’s first private, not-for-profit university, offering a personalized academic environment that enables graduates to exceed the outer limits of their potential – in their career and in life.

Bond’s personalized approach to education combined with its uncompromising focus on industry relevance sets the university apart from every other Australian university. Students thrive in smaller study groups where eminent professors and industry-experienced lecturers know them by name.

About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) Program

Bond University’s Juris Doctor (JD) 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.

Its combination of excellent teaching, small classes and an extensive legal skills program differentiates Bond Law School from other institutions. It provides an exciting learning experience that both challenges students academically and prepares them practically for a legal career. Bond University‘s 20-component skills program equips students with the following skills needed to practice law in a modern environment:
– Legal research and analysis
– Legal writing and drafting
– Information technology
– Negotiation and dispute resolution
– Advocacy and oral presentation
– Client interviewing and communication

Apply now to Bond Law School!

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Questions about studying at Bond University or about Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKKs Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.