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Doctor of Legal Science (Research)

  • Doctorate (PhD)

The Doctor of Legal Science (Research) (SJD) is a higher degree by research program awarded for a combination of coursework followed by a 50,000 word thesis. Students with an awarded Master of Laws (LLM) may choose to reduce the coursework component in lieu of a longer thesis.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
Duration
4 - 12 years full-time
Course Code
LA-43040, 093848D
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Jan, May, Sep

About this course

The Doctor of Legal Science (Research) (SJD) is a higher degree by research program awarded for a combination of coursework followed by a 50,000 word thesis. Students with an awarded Master of Laws (LLM) may choose to reduce the coursework component in lieu of a longer thesis. The thesis represents a significant contribution to the knowledge or understanding of an aspect of law and demonstrates the capacity of the student to carry out independent research at an appropriate level.

Study locations

Main Campus

Career pathways

This program provides you with the research skills for academic careers in the university sector or research roles in law or related fields.

Course structure

The Doctor of Legal Science (Research) program has two components, as follows:

Coursework (6 subjects)

Students must choose six subjects from the list of postgraduate law electives.

A full-time enrolment load is equivalent to 30cps per semester.

Thesis

Students must complete a major dissertation (of approximately 60,000 words which represents an original contribution to the knowledge and understanding of an aspect of law and which demonstrates a capacity for independent research. The Faculty must approve the topic and appropriate supervision must be available.

Teaching methodology

Bond University's teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, computer labs and industry projects.

How to apply

Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest as to why they wish to undertake a research degree and the area of research.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Law & Paralegal Studies courses at Bond University.
81.4%
Overall satisfaction
83.9%
Skill scale
71.4%
Teaching scale
74%
Employed full-time
$57.4k
Average salary