Assistant Professor Francina Cantatore received the accolade for 2014, following in the footsteps of colleague Danielle Ireland-Piper who was the 2013 recipient.
Dr Cantatore commenced teaching at Bond Law School three years ago, adding to her successful career practicing commercial law as a solicitor and barrister, specialising in IP law, Property Law, Consumer Credit Law and Media Law.
She also facilitates the Bond Law Clinic—a pro-bono clinic that offers free legal advice to the community on a range of matters.
Dr Cantatore said the award was a great honour and an inspiration to continue improving on her teaching initiatives.
“From my perspective a practice-based learning approach makes commercial law subjects much more vivid and gives students an insight into ‘real world’ law scenarios,” she said.
“I’m able to provide my students with experiential learning opportunities in the subjects I teach, especially through the Bond Law Clinic, which allows them to interact with the public and resolve real legal issues.
“Bond University supports this hands-on approach as a way of giving our students an edge when they enter the workforce.”
About Bond Law School and Juris Doctor (JD) ProgramBond 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.
Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, or September
Next intake: January 2015
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: Students from Canada should apply at least three months prior to the program start date
OzTREKK Note: 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. This decision by the NCA was not the result of any concern about the quality of Bond’s subjects or its graduates, but the result of numerous requests from law schools in the US and elsewhere for the same arrangement to be extended to them.
This change does not affect current students or new students enrolling in September 2014 and January 2015 at Bond Law School, who will continue to benefit from the present arrangement; however, Canadian students enrolling in May 2015 and onwards will have to sit the 5 NCA exams upon their return to Canada. Since it takes two years to complete the JD full time, Bond students will not start sitting these exams until after the end of the January 2017 semester. Bond Law School will continue to offer the current Canadian subjects into the future to assist Canadian students enrolling from May 2015 onwards to prepare for these exams.