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This is a new program commencing in 2014.
Within this combined degree program, students study a combination of Aboriginal Professional Practice courses and Law courses over a period of five years full-time. On completion of the first three years students will have completed all the courses required for the Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice degree. In the final two years of the combined degree program students complete the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and may enrol in these two years on a less than full time basis. Alternatively, students completing this degree may apply for entry to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice Program - see separate handbook entry - which allows immediate admission to legal practice on graduation.
Students completing this combined degree meet the academic requirements to practise law in NSW, and acquire skills and knowledge through the Aboriginal Professional Practice courses they have chosen.
Commencement in this program is only available in Semester 1. Due to timetabling issues this program is not available for a Semester 2 commencement.
There are a number of ways to gain entry to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program at the University of Newcastle. Students may be considered for admission on the basis of:
1.1.1. NSW HSC or equivalent - irrespective of age of qualification;
1.1.2. Completed or partly completed higher education studies;
1.1.3. TAFE qualifications;
1.1.4. Overseas qualifications equivalent to Australian studies (International);
1.1.5 A University approved special admission bonus points scheme:
i. Educational Access Scheme (EAS); and
ii. Regional and Rural Bonus Points Scheme.
1.1.6. A University approved special admission scheme:
i. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme;
ii. Elite Athletes Admission Scheme;
iii. Special Circumstances Admission Scheme; and
iv. Guaranteed Entry Admission Scheme.
There is no assumed knowledge for entry into this program.
Honours is embedded in the Law component of this program. All students who successfully complete the program will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Students who excel in their studies will have access to graded Honours, which will be calculated according to the University's policy. The policy is available at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000990.html . See Program Convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Graded Honours.
International students are not specifically targeted for entry into the Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice/Bachelor of Laws (Honours).
All international students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to the Faculty of Education and Arts and the University at the start of semester. There is a designated International Student Liaison Officer in all Schools within the Faculty of Education and Arts who is available to students for advice and guidance.
Student with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School Officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner. Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medial condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
Students in combined degree programs are advised to consult with the relevant Program Officers for the Faculty of Education and Arts and the Faculty of Business and Law regarding their academic program.
Requirements and Structure Back to top
The Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is a combined degree program. The combined degree involves completion of 160 units of Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice courses and 240 units of LAWS courses from the Bachelor of Laws (Honours), a total of 400 units for the combined degree program.
Credit towards the Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice degree is granted for the 80 units of Bachelor of Laws (Honours) courses taken in the first three years, taking the total Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice units to 240. Thus, on successful completion of the first three years of the combined degree program outlined, you will have completed all the required courses for the Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice degree.
To meet the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree you must complete 240 units in the pattern indicated below. The final two years of the combined degree program comprise study in LAWS courses only.
Transition Arrangements Back to top
1. No students will be disadvantaged by the change to the program as all existing courses will still be offered as part of the new program.
2. The current third and fourth year cohorts will be ‘taught out’ as LLB students.
3. The current first and second year students will have their programs converted to LLB (Honours) programs, as they will be able to begin the research component from 2014.
4. Current students who came into the LLB as graduate entrants, and current students in third and fourth year, will have access to the existing transitional provisions regarding graded Honours.
5. Students will be advised in writing of the changes to the programs.
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|LAWS5003||Advanced Criminal Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)||10 units|
|LAWS5005||Advanced Legal Research and Writing|
This course is a research dissertation courses. Entry is limited to students with an average of 75% or above.
|Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5006||Child Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5009||Employment Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5010||Environmental Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5011||Equal Opportunity Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5013||Health Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5014||International Human Rights Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5015||Intellectual Property Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5016||Law Review||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5017||Legal History||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5021||Sport and the Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5024||Indigenous People, Issues and The Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5027||Maritime and International Trade Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5028||Intermural Skills Competitions||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)|
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
|LAWS5029||Workplace Health and Safety Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5030||Legal Theory||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5031||Competition and Consumer Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5032||Dispute Resolution: non-litigious||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5033||Native Title Law and Practice||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5034||Crime and Australian Society||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5035||Law and Religion||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5036||International Clinical Legal Externship||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5037||Public Interest Advocacy||Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)||10 units|
|LAWS5061||Commercial Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5063||Family Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5065||Taxation Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|