A new partnership with the University of Lethbridge and Australia’s Bond University will now give students the option to pursue a law degree in five years.
The dual Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (BA/LLB) and Bachelor of Management/Bachelor of Laws (BMgt/LLB) will allow students to get two degrees, which will make them eligible to practice law in Canada at a faster pace.
University Alumni, Jay Merchant, started the discussions for this dual degree program. Merchant earned his law degree from Bond University back in 2012 and currently teaches at the school while practicing law.
“I would have gone that route in a heartbeat, and I would have been employed a lot sooner than I was,” says Merchant. “The degree being offered is a game changer for University of Lethbridge students and prospective students looking for a program like this. There’s just nothing like it.”
Students interested in going this route will begin with two years at the U of L in their chosen BA courses completing 20 courses or 60 credit hours, after which they are eligible to apply to Bond University for their third and fourth years. Year five will then be completed back at U of L for an additional 10 courses or 30 credit hours.
Once students have completed all the requirements for both universities, they’ll be given both degrees; the ULethbridge Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Management and the Bond University Bachelor of Laws.
Dean of the Dhillon School of Business, Dr. Kerry Godfrey, says this business and law combination is ideal for students who are interested in corporate Canada or public service.
“The critical thinking skills honed at law school, alongside the problem solving and management skills developed in business school, provide an outstanding foundation to launch a career in Canada’s business sector, public sector, or the non-profit sector,” says Godfrey. “Graduated of this dual degree program will be very well positioned to make a positive impact on Canadian civic, civil, and corporate society.”
More information about the programs can be found on the University’s website.