Private Australian universities steadily increase graduate numbers – Sept 21, 2008

Full article: The Australian, 19 Sept 2008

TWO of the most ambitious new players in legal education are the private universities Bond and Notre Dame.

Notre Dame has been operating at Fremantle in Perth for 11 years, but the first graduates from its three-year-old Sydney campus will enter the workforce next year. At Fremantle, 68 students graduated last year, representing a steady increase in graduates over the past decade.

Bond University’s Faculty of Law, which next year celebrates its 20th anniversary, provided 445 graduates last year. The Gold Coast-based institution seeks to be the only Australian law school to combine traditional tuition with a “legal skills” component and to limit tutorials to about 10 students.

In their latest intakes, DLA Phillips Fox, Blake Dawson and Baker & McKenzie each hired two Bond graduates, while Gilbert + Tobin and Freehills took one each. Significantly, almost half of the law faculty’s students are from overseas. (At Bond University as a whole, about half of its 4000 students come from 75 countries.)