Newcastle Law School
Newcastle Law School is Australia’s leading clinical law school. Our distinctive Practice Program integrates the academic study of law with hands-on clinical experience and practical training. Students work with real clients under the supervision of legal practitioners at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre. They provide legal outreach clinics in our community, including our unique ‘Law on the Beach’ program. Our clinical program helps to ensure that our law graduates enjoy some of the best employment outcomes in Australia.
Many of our students do a combined degree program and we also offer a unique Juris Doctor degree that integrates a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. We offer a range of overseas experiences through our global education program in law. Our students have undertaken intensive study and clinical experiences in countries such as Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Cook Islands. Through supportive programs, our students gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to be global lawyers.
We welcome many students from regional and remote areas of Australia and a growing number of students from other countries choose to study at Newcastle Law School, especially in our Juris Doctor and PhD programs.
In 2017 the Law School moves to NeW Space, a landmark $95 million educational precinct in vibrant downtown Newcastle, steps away from a new high-tech courthouse and the city’s leading law firms. NeW Space features state of the art learning and teaching facilities and ready access to cafes, restaurants and glorious local beaches.
Our integrated Practice Program was the first in Australia to combine theoretical learning, skills training and experiential learning. Over 95 per cent of our Practice Program graduates gained employment within four months of completing their degree.
The University of Newcastle Legal Centre is the centrepiece of the Newcastle Law School’s clinical program. The Legal Centre functions as both a teaching facility and a legal practice where law students experience intensive hands-on practical learning with real clients from their first year onwards.
Students in the Practice Program complete 270 hours of clinical placement within the Legal Centre clinics and through externships with law firms, barristers and government organisations prior to graduating. By working with the Legal Centre's solicitors and dealing with real cases and clients, not simulated cases, law students gain the practical skills and experience necessary for a successful legal career.
The Newcastle Law School's Juris Doctor and Master of Laws programs are cutting edge law degrees featuring high quality teaching, flexible study options and a thriving student community. The Master of Laws (LLM) is designed for law graduates and legal practitioners who seek to advance their legal knowledge and professional skills. The Juris Doctor (JD) is an internationally recognised graduate law qualification for students looking for legal careers or admission to legal practice in Australia.
Since 1994, the University of Newcastle Law Students' Association (UNLSA) has promoted the interests of Newcastle law students within the University, the legal profession and the wider community. The UNLSA is an active student group participating in many legal competitions, including mooting, witness examination and negotiation, and professional and social events.