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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!

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!

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

About the Bond Canadian Law Students Association

Did you know that more Canadians study law at Bond than any other Australian university? Yes, it’s true! Bond Law School has been training over 1,000 Canadian lawyers for more than 20 years. In fact, the 1,000th Canadian law student at Bond was OzTREKK’s Gareth Green!

Bond Canadian Law Students Association

If you study law at Bond, you will be among friends!

Bond is Australia’s largest law school for Canadian Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Laws candidates, and as such, they have developed a secure framework to support you!

Bond Canadian Law Students Association

You may be far from home, but the Bond Canadian Law Students Association (CLSA) is there to make your transition as smooth as possible. Their friendly executive will represent you to the rest of the student body, to the administration, and to the staff.

The main function of the CLSA is to make life easier for Canadian students at Bond University and to facilitate the process of returning home. They provide information sessions on the National Committee of Accreditation process as well as information for Canadians wishing to stay in Australia. But, it’s not all business—they also show Australians how to celebrate Halloween in Week 7!

Other initiatives include the mail-out to Canadian law firms, “going home” and “staying in Australia” seminars led by the Career Development Centre, welcome back barbecues, a Canadian Mooting Competition, awesome parties every semester and much more.

When you study at Bond Law, you’re among a group of very supportive friends!

Bond Law School Juris Doctor

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline in order to apply. 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.

In common with most other Australian Law Schools, Bond does not use the LSAT as an entry criterion.

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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Find out more about studying at Bond Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Friday, November 4th, 2016

What’s the value of a Bond University degree?

The Bond difference

As a not-for-profit organisation, 100% of your Bond University tuition fees are re-invested in creating an elite five-star educational experience.

This is why Bond is able to provide world-class facilities, state-of-the-art learning resources and, most important, smaller classes that give students one-on-one access to Australia’s leading academics and corporate achievers.

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s fast-tracked schedule means you’ll 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.

Get your degree sooner

Two of Bond’s most popular programs for Canadians are the Juris Doctor and the Doctor of Physiotherapy. Both are fast-tracked and are completed within two years!

What's the value of a Bond University degree?

Study at Bond University

The Bond physiotherapy program offers an innovative problem based learning model of physiotherapy education to prepare entry-level physiotherapists for their roles and responsibilities as first contact practitioners. The program integrates the clinical, pathological and related sciences with the physiotherapy knowledge, skills and professional behaviours and attitudes required to examine, diagnose and treat physiotherapy clients.

Program: Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next intake: May 2018
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Generally in August each year

The Bond Juris Doctor is a graduate-level, extensive skills program with small class sizes. The Bond JD was constructed to enable graduates to take leading positions in the public and private sectors. Students are encouraged to emphasize specific areas of study that they feel will best serve their proposed career paths.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
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.

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Discover more about studying law or physiotherapy at Bond University on the Gold Coast! Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com for more information.

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Bond Law research helping “highly stressed” lawyers find their Zen

Lawyers and law students need support to deal with the high-pressured nature of their chosen career, or the future of the profession could be in jeopardy, according to the country’s leading academics.

Bond Faculty of Law Professor Rachael Field said that Australian empirical research indicates that one third of Australian solicitors and one fifth of Australian barristers reported elevated levels of psychological distress.

Bond Law research helping highly stressed lawyers find their Zen

Bond Law Prof Rachel Field has strategies for law students to cope with stress! (Photo: Bond University)

She said one third of law students also reported increased levels of stress after their first year of study, a statistic first reported in 2009 and consistently reinforced by various studies since then.

“Research indicates that for many law students, symptoms of psychological distress begin early and continue throughout their study and into their working lives,” she said.

“The legal profession has an ethical imperative to respond to the high levels of psychological distress experienced by lawyers and law students.

“A failure to act on this imperative will impact the future sustainability and success of the profession.”

Professor Field and Assistant Professor Jackson Walkden-Brown presented a seminar titled ‘Psychological Wellbeing in Law: A Snapshot of Evidence and Strategies’ as part of Bond University’s Research Week.

Research Week features free public lectures, seminars and debates showcasing the array of research underway at Bond University from 10 to 14 October.

Professor Field said the legal seminar provided an overview of the latest academic research into psychological well-being within the practice of law, and explored some key strategies for coping with stress and building resilience.

“Resilience is more than just the capacity to cope well under pressure, resilience enables people to ‘respond and endure’ or ‘develop and master’ in spite of life’s stressors and adversity,” she said.

“In the field of law, it is crucial we develop a deeper understanding of the onset and cause of psychological distress and take a practical approach to managing the stressors of legal education and practice.

“Whilst it is important for individuals to learn coping mechanisms to avoid psychological distress, institutions and workplaces have a duty of care to provide access to information and support,” she said.

“The law profession needs to acknowledge that psychological distress is a problem for our professional community, not for individuals to manage alone.

“We need to focus on establishing supportive environments and maintaining connectedness in order to ensure the physical and mental health of our lawyers and students, and the longevity of the legal profession.”

Studying at Bond Law School

So how does Bond University support its “stressed” law students?

Bond prides itself on its small class sizes. Students and professors work together to make learning enjoyable and dynamic. Taking learning outside the traditional four walls of the classroom has been shown to measurably improve the personal, social and cognitive aspect of the student learning experience. Outdoor activities and lessons can encourage academic skill development, creative and critical thinking, teamwork and communication and problem-solving; reinforcing the graduate attributes that underpin a Bond University education.

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.

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.

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 University Law School!

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Discover more about how you can study at Bond Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Bond Law win at Australian Law Students’ Association conference

Bond Law students Lara Sveinsson and Marty Campbell made a stunning debut at the 2016 International Humanitarian Law moot when they defeated 14 universities from across Australia.

The International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Moot Competition is a national mooting competition run jointly by the Australian Red Cross and the Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) every year during the ASLA’s annual conference. This year’s event was held in Hobart.

The purpose of the IHL Moot is to assist Australian university students in understanding and appreciating the growing importance of international humanitarian law, its nature as a system of protection during times of armed conflict and its role as fundamental part of international law.

Bond Law win at Australian Law Students’ Association conference

Champion mooting team Lara Sveinsson and Marty Campbell (Photo credit: Bond University)

The talented Bondies went head to head with a team of very strong opponents from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in the final but managed to secure victory, having gained a confidence boost early on in the competition when they progressed after a tough quarter-final moot.

Ms Sveinsson said the conference was brilliant and provided a fantastic opportunity to meet law students from across Australia, though the moot itself was initially quite a daunting prospect.

“Neither Marty nor I had studied International Humanitarian Law before, so for us it was a huge learning curve to get up to speed on new laws, rules and jurisdictions,” she said.

“It was a massive challenge to go from zero knowledge to arguing our case in front of humanitarian law experts in court, but it was absolutely worth it.

“War is something you usually only see on the news—you don’t appreciate or understand the legal framework behind it—so to learn about the law behind those kind of conflicts was fascinating.

“It was such an honour to moot before, and receive feedback from, a high-profile judging panel consisting of a Supreme Court Judge and Head of the Australian International Committee of the Red Cross.

“Marty and I were also deeply appreciative of the daily messages of support we received from Bond Law students and staff.

“There is nothing better than mooting to test your oral advocacy and problem solving skills, build your confidence and make sure you can perform under pressure.

“These skills—that have been developed and honed through our law and mooting experience here at Bond—are incredibly transferable into everyday life, and hopefully one day into careers as international legal professionals.”

Assistant Professor Louise Parsons, Bond’s Director of Mooting, said Lara and Marty both gained a lot of confidence in their own abilities as law students and as researchers through their participation in the moot.

“They were required to do the necessary research and get on top of the legal issues without formal classes in this subject area, and this research continued right up to the night before the final.

“Also, Lara and Marty’s time to prepare for this moot was substantially impacted by a trip they both undertook as part of the Bond Model United Nations group to Japan in the two weeks preceding the competition.

“Marty and Lara have done Bond proud. They overcame many obstacles, demonstrated great resilience and composure, and ultimately their hard work and sacrifices paid off.

“Their achievement evidences the fact that if you take on a challenge, and buckle down and do what is required, it can pay enormous dividends!”

As the winner of this competition, the team will now be the Australian representative in the International Red Cross International Humanitarian Moot Competition in Hong Kong next March.

The IHL Moot was not Bond’s only success at the 2016 ALSA Conference in Hobart.

The University’s Law Students Association (LSA) was also recognised by ALSA as having the country’s Best Health and Wellbeing Initiative.

Bond Law student Bryan Parsons wrote the winning submission about the LSA’s creation of a new student position in the Faculty of Law—the LSA Special Interests Director.

The role of the LSA Special Interests Director is to promote the health and well-being of Bond Law students and create a more supportive environment for members of its LGBTIQ+ community.

The submission outlined a number of creative and innovative student services to be introduced at Bond including the creation of an LGBTIQ+ terminology sensitivity guide for staff and students.

Bond Law School Juris Doctor

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline. Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline in order to apply to the Bond JD  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.

In common with most other Australian Law Schools, Bond does not use the LSAT as an entry criterion.

Apply now to Bond University Law School!

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Find out more about studying at Bond Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Explore Bond University from anywhere in the world!

This goes out to everyone heading to Bond Law School in September!

Explore Bond University from anywhere in the world!

Beautiful Bond University!

Did you know you are headed to one of the most immaculately kept campuses in Australia? Wouldn’t it be great if you could get a campus tour before you land in Australia?

You can!

The Bond Now application (https://bond.edu.au/desktopvr/) allows you to immerse yourself in the Bond campus and the state-of-the-art facilities in a 360-degree tour. Watch as the bustling activity of university life unfolds around you and take in every aspect of the Bond’s amazing learning spaces.

There is so much to explore and visit from the Anatomy Labs, to watching AFL training on the sports fields or witnessing a mock trial in the Moot Court—where you will be spending just a little bit of your time! Here’s a brief rundown of some of the uni’s features and facilities.

Outdoor learning spaces

Tired of squinting at a professor pacing back and forth at the bottom of an auditorium?

You won’t get that at Bond University. Bond prides itself on its small class sizes. Students and professors work together to make learning enjoyable and dynamic. Taking learning outside the traditional four walls of the classroom has been shown to measurably improve the personal, social and cognitive aspect of the student learning experience. Outdoor activities and lessons can encourage academic skill development, creative and critical thinking, teamwork and communication and problem-solving; reinforcing the graduate attributes that underpin a Bond University education. Plus, students and academic staff have given it positive reviews as way of complementing Bond’s highly personalised and innovative approach to learning and teaching!

Chill out at the Sports Centre

Bond University Sports Centre is open seven days a week and membership is included in your Student Activity Fee. In addition to the weights and boxing circuit rooms, they offer a weekly timetable of aerobics, TRX, pilates and yoga classes or you can soothe away the study stress with a spa, sauna and swim in the 50m pool.

Be entertained

There’s always something happening somewhere on campus. Free concerts, crazy fundraisers, lakeside barbecues, community campaigns, the weekly Res Wars between resident students. On a more studious note, Bond also regularly hosts guest lectures and presentations by high-profile guest speakers, as well as important opportunities like networking nights and annual Careers Fair.

Catch up over coffee

With cafes, a full service restaurant and Bond’s very own watering hole, there are plenty of places to catch up for a coffee, meal, or drink after class.

Bond Faculty of Law

Bond Law is consistently ranked first in Australia in terms of overall quality of the student experience for very good reasons. Bond has some of the best law teachers and scholars in the country delivering innovative law programs using truly world-class teaching facilities. They 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 programs at the cutting edge of contemporary legal scholarship and practice.

You’re in good hands, OzTREKKers! Best wishes from all of us!

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Any last-minute questions about Bond Law School? Send them our way! 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.

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Bond law students take on domestic violence

A new initiative designed to prepare aspiring lawyers to handle domestic violence cases has been established in a joint partnership between Bond University and the Domestic Violence Court in Southport, Queensland’s first and only dedicated domestic and family violence court.

Bond law students take on domestic violence

(L-R) Katrina Ukmar, The Hon Magistrate Colin Strofield, Paula Bould, and Tess Lehn (Photo: Bond University)

The program aims to give five law students supervised exposure to the complex legal field of domestic violence, shadowing Magistrate Colin Strofield in his role as one of the presiding magistrates of the Domestic Violence Court and working with the dedicated Domestic Violence Registry.

Bond University’s Assistant Professor of Law, Jodie O’Leary, who coordinates the Domestic Violence Court Clinic program alongside Assistant Professor Elizabeth Greene, said the initiative was a response to the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ report into domestic and family violence, headed by Dame Quentin Bryce.

“One of the issues highlighted in the ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ report was the need for universities to identify suitable ways to incorporate education and training around domestic violence prevention into undergraduate courses,” said Assistant Professor O’Leary.

“We see the Domestic Violence Court Clinic as a way we can implement those findings, while also giving our students valuable real-world experience to prepare them for legal practice.

“Magistrate Strofield and the Registry staff are highly experienced in this field and their investment in our students is truly invaluable.”

Magistrate Strofield said eliminating domestic and family violence required a coordinated response over an extensive period of time.

“Partnerships between universities and key stakeholders will prove invaluable as the commitment to change continues,” said Magistrate Strofield.

“The definition of domestic violence is varied and often misunderstood.

“Educating students in the definition of domestic and family violence and best practices is a key component for change in the future.

“I’m optimistic that this opportunity to observe the practical application of legal studies together with gaining the perspective of aggrieved and responding parties of domestic violence will assist and inspire students in their future careers in legal practice.”

Domestic Violence Court deputy registrar Paula Bould said the program would provide the students with the unique opportunity to observe and participate in the process of trialing a specialist domestic and family violence court, the first of its kind in Queensland.

“Students will observe firsthand the daily operations of court proceedings both of a civil and criminal nature varying from the initial application stage, to contested trials to criminal charges arising from a contravention of an order,” said Mrs Bould.

The students—Nakisa Djamshidi, Tess Lehn, Katrina Ukmar, Chelsea McClatchy and Melissa Bate—will each spend one day per week in the Court with Magistrate Strofield, as well as working in the Registry.

Final-year Juris Doctor student Tess Lehn, 24, said it had been eye opening to be part of such an important program.

“I have learnt so much seeing what the Magistrate deals with on a daily basis,” she said.

“Magistrate Strofield takes a real interest in the people that come before the court and making sure they realise the seriousness of domestic violence and the importance of not reoffending.

“Spending time in the registry has also been an invaluable experience and it has been great to work alongside the staff who are specially trained and passionate about what they do.”

Tess is planning to work in family law when she graduates from Bond Law School this year.

Third-year Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Science student Katrina Ukmar, 21, said she and her fellow students were very fortunate to have such access to the courtroom and its workings.

“These cases are often heard in a closed court, so to be able to have access to the courtroom and the Magistrate is something you would never usually get to experience as a law student,” she said.

“I don’t think the community understands just how widespread domestic violence is in today’s society. It’s been amazing to see the great work that is happening, and steps that are being taken to address this important issue.”

Katrina would like to work in criminal law when she graduates from Bond at the end of 2017.

“Having a dual degree in Law and Psychological Sciences will help me to better understand people, and why they do what they do, so that ultimately I can devise better rehabilitative strategies and holistic solutions to address criminal law issues,” she said.

Assistant Professor O’Leary said the students would be able to see, in practice, legal practitioners dedicated to confronting the issue and amending procedure to make it easier for the system to better protect victims of domestic violence.

“In preparation for the five-week program, the students have been briefed by clinical and forensic psychologist Dr Deborah Wilmoth, Director of the Bond University Psychology Clinic, about the confronting nature of some of the matters they will be exposed to,” said Assistant Professor O’Leary.

“Elizabeth Greene and I have also taken the students through a legal briefing that specifically addressed the Domestic Violence Court and the law to which they would be exposed.

“The five students were selected from a strong field of applicants, and the early feedback from the Deputy Registrar is that they are exceptional young ladies.”

Bond Law School Juris Doctor

The Bond JD was constructed to enable graduates to take leading positions in the public and private sectors. Bond graduates are now employed in top law firms throughout Australia and across 38 countries, including the United States, U.K., Canada, Malaysia and Singapore, as solicitors in private practice, barristers, government lawyers, in-house counsel and academics. Students are encouraged to emphasize specific areas of study that they feel will best serve their proposed career paths.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
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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If you would like more information about Bond Law School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Bond Law seminar examines sexual ethics and consent

Professor Robin West of Georgetown University, Washington DC, will present Bond University’s next Twilight Seminar, July 28, examining the issue of sexual ethics and consent.

The Bond Faculty of Law’s Twilight Seminar Series celebrates and disseminates the world-class expertise of its academics and visiting scholars by providing the opportunity to present their latest work in a public forum.

Bond Law seminar examines sexual ethics and consent

Bond Law’s next seminar examines sexual ethics and consent

Professor West is the Frederick J. Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy at Georgetown University, and has taught at the University of Maryland Law School, the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University and been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Stanford law schools.

She has written extensively on gender issues and feminist legal theory, constitutional law and theory, jurisprudence, legal philosophy and law and literature.

Professor West says her presentation on sexual ethics and consent will explore some of the harms, both psychological and political, of consensual sex that is not mutually wanted, desired or welcomed by both or all partners.

“The seminar will look at why these harms, which may be widespread and are not readily subject to legal control or compensation, are so difficult to see within the political logic of liberal legalism, as well as both radical and liberal feminism,” she said.

Bond University Juris Doctor

Bond Law School is consistently ranked first in Australia in terms of overall quality of the student experience for very good reasons. Bond has some of the best law teachers and scholars in the country delivering innovative law programs using truly world-class teaching facilities. The school is 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 programs at the cutting edge of contemporary legal scholarship and practice.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 2 years
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  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline in order to apply to the Bond JD  program. Students who have not yet completed a bachelor degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the program.
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In common with most other Australian Law Schools, Bond does not use the LSAT as an entry criterion.

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