The Bachelor of Laws (Combined) offered at the University of Newcastle is your passport to a career as a lawyer and a range of other exciting legal professions.

Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) will:

Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice:

  1. Hold a deep understanding of Aboriginal culture, history and political life in Australia.
  2. Demonstrate capacity and skills to identify; and/or challenge and develop policy;  and/or work and social practice which are culturally and ethically inclusive of diverse cultures.
  3. Developed a competitive ability to gain employment and work effectively, autonomously, responsively in a collaborative work environment in and across a broad area of vocational professional careers.
  4. Developed a genuine understanding and advocacy of social justice in the workforce and community.
  5. Clear demonstration of the capacity to work productively and in a culturally appropriate professional manner, in partnership with Indigenous communities at all levels.
  6. Hold and practice the academic theory and skills to effectively expand and communicate their understanding of themselves as rational beings and their relationship with the broader community in the area of Aboriginal Studies and social justice.
  7. Capacity and skills to contribute to the emerging contemporary scholarly discourse and practice in Aboriginal affairs.

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

  1. Demonstrate the capacity to provide professional advice, based on specialised knowledge of law and its application in diverse contexts, to employers, government and individual clients.
  2. Demonstrate the technical and cognitive skills required to plan and conduct advanced legal research tasks both (a) independently and (b) in collaboration with others.
  3. Apply critical thinking skills to analyse the formation, content and operation of the law.
  4. Apply lateral thinking to solve legal problems through the range of available dispute resolution mechanisms.
  5. Demonstrate advanced (a) oral and (b) written communication skills.
  6. Recognise the importance of acting as a professional advocate for the rule of law.
  7. Apply professional skills to the maintenance and reform of the legal system.
  8. Understand and uphold the highest ethical standards in discharging responsibilities to clients, other professionals, the courts and the public.
  9. Understand, evaluate and critically reflect upon the interaction of law and society.
  10. Recognise Law as a dynamic discipline requiring professional lifelong learning and skill development.

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Careers by major

The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

Generalist Options

Graduates are also able to use the transferable skills gained in their studies to work outside the field of Law. In some instances, further study and/or work experience may be required.

Undertaking studies in law not only prepares graduates for a career in the legal profession but a huge variety of other roles in sectors ranging from government and business to media and the arts. Graduates often find that this qualification provides a competitive advantage when applying for a variety of roles as many employers value its emphasis on analytical thinking and logical reasoning. Listed below is a sample of some of these job titles.

Practical experience Achievers