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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Honourable Michael Kirby – Judge in Residence at Bond Law School

Bond Law School students have already put their case before one of Australia’s most respected judges, with the Honourable Michael Kirby visiting the university recently.

The retired High Court Judge, a renowned human rights expert and a prominent social advocate, attended the campus in his capacity as the Bond University Judge in Residence to judge the Miscarriages of Justice Mooting Competition and the Great Animal Welfare Debate.

Bond University Law School

Bond Law School Moot Court

From his appointment as Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission in 1975 through to his retirement from the High Court of Australia in 2009, Justice Kirby left an enduring mark on the legal profession as Australia’s longest serving judge.

“I have been coming to Bond University for over ten years now, annually every November,” Justice Kirby said.

“It is a wonderful time of year to visit because November is jacaranda season and it is beautiful to see the campus in bloom, before getting down to the important business of working with the law students.”

Professor Nick James, Acting Executive Dean, said Justice Kirby’s annual visits to Bond were an invaluable benefit to the students, and to the Bond Faculty of Law as a whole.

“Justice Kirby’s long and successful career as a High Court judge means he can impart significant wisdom to Bond’s law students, aspiring lawyers who are yet to embark upon their legal careers,” Professor James said.

“This year we introduced an event called ‘Two Minutes with Kirby’ where students gave a two-minute presentation on a topic of their choice and received feedback directly from Justice Kirby, which was an invaluable experience.

“His presence on campus every November really enhances the student experience at Bond University.”

Justice Kirby recommended to students that they apply diligence and concentration to their studies to achieve success.

“I encourage all students to be ‘joiners’. It’s easy for clever students to sail through university, but I always found it enriching to get involved with societies, student councils, and other various causes while on campus,” Justice Kirby said.

“Apply yourself. Understand what the law says, think about what the overall principles of the law are, ask questions of the law where necessary, and ensure reforms are in line with changes to the times.

“A questioning society of lawyers is a very powerful thing.”

Justice Kirby said the consistently high calibre of the Bond Law School students’ mooting skills was what set the university apart from other institutions.

“Watching the students who were mooting for the first time was terrifying—they were so outstanding I can’t imagine how good they will be by the time they graduate!” he said.

“Mooting is like starring in a drama where you are both the writer and the actor; it’s wonderful preparation for life as a lawyer. Bond University is producing exceptional advocates who will go on to great success.”

Juris Doctor (JD) Program at Bond Law School

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 (this is the last intake whereby graduates will be exempt from taking the the NCA examinations in Canada upon their return)
Duration: 2 years

Apply now to Bond University Law School for January 2015!

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Would you like more information about Bond Law School, or do you have any questions about the NCA update and how it may affect you? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355. We’re here to help!

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Bond Law School’s Legal Skills Centre

Studying at Bond University’s world-class campus on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Bond Law students have full access to cutting-edge technology and resources.

Bond Law School Juris Doctor

Bond Law School Moot Court

The Legal Skills Centre is a landmark industry training facility officially opened by then Commonwealth Attorney-General the Honourable Philip Ruddock MP in June 2007 and built at a cost of $10.2 million. The Centre is the first of its kind to integrate the full complement of legal-based training facilities, with purpose-built suites designed for mediation, dispute resolution, PLT training as well as video conferencing and more.

The centrepiece is undoubtedly the full-scale electronic moot court, presenting an ultra-contemporary courtroom setting and equipped with evidence management systems, video conferencing facilities and video streaming that replicates the very latest technology used in the High Court of Australia. Described by the Honourable Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court as “the finest moot court in any Australian institution,” this showcase facility allows Bond Law School graduates to be fully conversant with the emerging technologies and systems used in today’s most sophisticated courtrooms.

Modelled on input provided by judges, legal practitioners and the faculty, this twenty-first-century facility is designed to give students simulated real world experience in practicing their legal skills, ensuring that, as graduates, they will be able to walk into any courtroom and feel right at home.

Important NCA update regarding Bond Law School

A very important update regarding a change has been made by the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) related to foreign-trained lawyers and the process of coming back to practice law in Canada.

The NCA accredited Bond University as the only university outside Canada with the ability to offer four Canadian core subjects—Canadian Administrative Law, Canadian Constitutional Law, Canadian Criminal Law and Foundations of Canadian Law—and provide credit to students who completed these subjects at Bond, subject to sufficient academic performance (as detailed in NCA Assessment Policy 1.2.2.e).

The NCA has formally notified Bond University that it will no longer be waiving the requirement for Bond graduates to sit the four exams that other graduates from non-Canadian law schools must sit.

If you are interested in being part of the last cohort at Bond Law School to be exempt in sitting the NCA examinations, subject to sufficient academic performance (as detailed in NCA Assessment Policy 1.2.2.e), then you can apply to the January 2015 intake.

Bond Law School Juris Doctor

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!

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Would you like more information about Bond Law School, or do you have any questions about this NCA update and how it may affect you? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, September 12th, 2014

OzTREKK student becomes 1000th Canadian student at Bond Law School

OzTREKK has always had close ties with Bond Law School, and has sent hundreds of students there over the past few years.

Bond University on the Gold Coast continues to be the number one choice for Canadian students studying law in Australia, with the 1,000th Canadian commencing a law degree at the independent university this semester.

Bond Law School

OzTREKK student Gareth Green became the 1000th Canadian Bond Law student! Here, Gareth is taking advantage of the OzTREKK Shuttle, one of OzTREKK’s services

The milestone was marked today, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 with a visit from Canadian Consul General to Australia, Mario Ste-Marie, who met with students and staff.

More than 220 Canadians are currently studying law at Bond Law School, the largest contingent of international students in the Faculty of Law. Numbers have grown exponentially since the first Canadian law student graduated in 1991, with almost 120 completing their studies at the university last year.

OzTREKK student Gareth Green, from Victoria, BC, became the 1,000th Canadian law student to enrol at Bond Law School!

The 25-year-old began classes this week and said the opportunity to undertake a Juris Doctor that was well known in Canada was appealing.

“I’ve always wanted to come and explore Australia and the opportunity to study abroad was enticing,” he said.

“I looked at a number of universities around the world, in particular in the United Kingdom, but only applied to study at Bond University, largely because the courses are so well recognised in Canada.

“So far I really like what I see. I met fifteen Canadians at orientation and more since then, so I’m already feeling at home.”

Mr Green, who holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria, said he decided to study law because it provided a pathway to numerous careers.

“I’ve always had a business mind set and saw law as an interesting career because there are so many facets to it,” he said.

“It is so versatile and can be applied to many different areas, so it is a great asset to have and will open doors in many areas.”

Bond University Acting Executive Dean of Law Professor Nick James said Canada was a significant market for the university. “The number of Canadians studying law at Bond University has increased markedly over the past seven years as word spreads amongst Canadians about the quality of our programs,” he said.

“The Faculty of Law has a true international flavor, with students and academics from around the world, and we’ve been able to offer high quality subjects specifically for Canadians.

“We now offer four Canadian law subjects and will continue to broaden that offering in line with student needs and expectations.

“Our graduates have gone on to work in some of the most prestigious law firms and organisations in Canada, including Gowlings and the City of Ottawa.”

All of us at OzTREKK wish you a hearty “Congratulations!” All the best, Gareth!

About the Bond Law School Juris Doctor Program

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Duration: 2 years

Apply now to Bond Law School Juris Doctor program!

 

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Would you like more information about Bond Law School, or do you have any questions about this NCA update and how it may affect you? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.