Persons may be accepted as candidates for the degree of Doctor of Legal Science (Research) if they have:
- completed an LLM degree from a recognised university; and
- in the opinion of the Dean, demonstrated outstanding research and writing skills in published and refereed works.
In addition to the above requirements, candidates for this degree must satisfy the Dean that they have the academic, research and writing abilities to produce in English a major dissertation of not more than 50,000 words which represents a contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the field of study concerned.
Students wishing to study for this degree who do not hold a Masters degree may be admitted to the LLM and will be transferred to the Doctor of Legal Science (Research) program when they have demonstrated appropriate capacity. Students following the above procedure must have an undergraduate degree from a recognised institution or have a professional qualification in law and at least three years of post admission practical experience. Application may be made for transfer after completion of three subjects. For transfer to this program, students will normally be expected to obtain a mark average of at least 75%.
All postgraduate students who wish to present a dissertation or thesis must submit a preliminary written proposal on the dissertation or thesis topic, together with an outline of the research methodology to be used, for the consideration of the Dean. The Dean will consult with potential supervisors, who may discuss the proposal with the candidate before a formal appointment is made. The Dean will formally appoint a supervisor or joint supervisors for the work. The candidate and the supervisor(s) will then finalise the appropriate thesis topic. This may require considerable refinement of the initial proposal. It is expected that there will be considerable discussion between the candidate and the supervisor. This is particularly important in the initial research stage, as each chapter or section is finalised and while the thesis as a whole is finalised. It is the responsibility of the candidate to keep in regular contact with the supervisor. Supervisors must fulfil their responsibilities towards candidates in a timely manner. The supervisor appointed will report each year on the approved form. These forms are sent to Academic Senate, which will then determine whether to allow continuation of the candidature or termination, under the appropriate University Regulations. It is the responsibility of the supervisor to ensure that the Bond University Research Ethics Committee first approves research involving human subjects.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all international students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.
Bond College offers a Foundation Program for students whose English language proficiency does not meet the levels required for direct entry, as specified above.
Credit for Prior Study
Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed course outlines/subject descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to your Admissions Manager during your interview.
How to Apply
Please contact your nearest Bond University Admissions Manager to arrange a personal interview and lodge a Direct Entry Application Form for Postgraduate Study with the Bond University Office of Admissions, or complete the form online.
Please lodge a Direct Entry Application Form for Postgraduate Study, accompanied by documented proof of your English language proficiency.
Read more information on application and enrolment procedures.
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