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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!


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!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

About the Bond Law Clinic

Staffed by Bond Law School students supervised by local legal practitioners, the Bond Law Clinic provides free legal assistance to members of the public. The clinic is also winner of two Bond University Student Association Awards for 2013: Best Social Justice Initiative and the Bonnie Whitehead Social Justice Award.

Bond Law School

Study law at Bond University, Gold Coast

Legal services

The Bond Law Clinic is presently operating as a small business legal advice clinic. Free legal advice is available to

  • members of the public thinking about starting a small business;
  • small-business owners (any business with fewer than 20 employees, or fewer than 100 ;employees in the case of manufacturers; and
  • registered, not-for-profit (NFP) organisations.

The Bond Law Clinic provides advice about the following legal issues:

  • Business structures
  • Intellectual property, e.g., trademarks and copyright
  • Consumer protection and competition regulation
  • Risk management and insurance
  • Human resource management and industrial relations
  • Disputes
  • Contracts
  • Franchising
  • Leasing
  • Debt recovery
  • Licensing

The Bond Law Clinic does not have the capacity to formally represent clients in legal disputes, but can provide advice about the options available to clients involved in legal disputes.


The Bond Law Clinic is located at the Bond University campus in Robina, on Level 2 of the Legal Skills Building (Building 4a).

Objectives of the Clinic

  • To offer free legal advice as a community service initiative, assisting in the marketing and promotion of the faculty.
  • To provide high-quality, practitioner supervised legal assistance to small businesses and NFP organisations in the Gold Coast region and beyond.
  • To provide Bond Law School students with an opportunity to gain practical experience in a controlled and supportive environment and prepare them for practice.
  • To provide local legal practitioners with an opportunity to engage in pro bono service.

Bond Law School Juris Doctor (JD)

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. If you have any questions about the NCA exams after your law studies, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson, or read “Bond Law School NCA subjects update.”

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: January 2015
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 any questions about this NCA update and how it may affect you? Would you like more information about Bond Law School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.