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

What you will study

"Another exciting thing is having classes in the mock courtroom, it exposes you to the real process and real world" - Emily

When you study a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the University of Newcastle you will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws and second Bachelor level degree of your choice in just five years of full-time study.

If you want to practice law after you graduate you will need to complete a practical legal training course. You can choose to do this in the last two years of your combined law degree through enrolling in the LLB (Practice) Program.

Whether you choose to practice law or pursue another career, the skills and extensive knowledge you acquire through this combined degree will be invaluable.You will graduate with skills and experience in:

  • Advanced research
  • Advocacy
  • Analytical problem solving
  • High level task management
  • Negotiation
  • Strong oral and written communication

When studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) you will gain extensive clinical experience and practical skills as outlined below.

First year - When studying first year law, you will observe real clients at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC). This unique opportunity allows you to learn through observing and reflecting on your experience and assists in constructing a broader vision of the law and what it means to be a lawyer.

In first year, you will also practice your advocacy skills in a Torts moot which is judged by barristers from the Bar Association at the Legal Centre.

Second year - In second year, you will continue to analyse and work on real cases through UNLC. You will have the opportunity to work on criminal law matters currently before the court while completing the Criminal Law and Procedure course (LAWS 2004). You will learn how to prepare a listed case for defended hearing before the local and/or district court and have the opportunity to attend court to observe hearing of the matters in which you are actively involved.

Third year - In third year, you will have the opportunity to try out for a place in one of the Law School's competitive mooting teams, and in some instances, enrol in the elective course 'Competitive Mooting'. The Kirby Contract Arbitration Moot, for example, affords you the opportunity to work through a complex contractual dispute and hone your legal reasoning, problem solving and advocacy skills at the same time.

Fourth year - When you transition to fourth year, you have the opportunity to participate in Law on the Beach through the UNLC. Through this Practice Program, students provide a 'walk-up' legal advice service providing you the opportunity to interview clients, brief lawyers, sit in on legal advice and do follow-up case work.

Fifth year - In your final year of law you can opt to enrol in Criminal Law Practice Model (LAWS 4055A) in which you will learn trial preparation, trial technique and advocacy in the criminal jurisdiction. You will conduct advocacy exercises in the Local Court of New South Wales including a bail application, a plea and participation in a Hearing before a Magistrate, Judge or experienced member of the legal profession.

UNLC regularly conducts seminars about the law for community organisations. All students at Newcastle Law School can be involved in UNLC’s evening advice clinics. The Legal Centre undertakes public interest casework. The Centre organises external placements at law firms for students at Newcastle Law School.

Upon graduation you will have completed a total of 270 hours in the University of Newcastle Legal Centre and obtained your Diploma in Legal Practice while completing your Law degree at Newcastle.

A combined degree in law is also an excellent springboard for careers in business, government and non-government organisations and private enterprise. An advanced understanding of our legal system has relevance across a wide range of industries and will place you in a strong position when you embark on your professional career.

For more detailed program information relating to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours), please refer to the handbook. You can also find out more about studying law at the University of Newcastle by visiting the Faculty of Business and Law.

Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice/ Bachelor of Laws

The Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice/ Bachelor of Laws equips you with the skills needed to pursue a career as a lawyer, or to follow a separate career path in Aboriginal affairs.

Whether you are Indigenous or non-Indigenous, the Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice/ Bachelor of Laws provides you with an opportunity to improve social justice by preparing through a highly fulfilling career in Indigenous affairs.

When you study this degree you will develop:

  • An understanding of the social, political and justice issues impacting the Aboriginal community
  • Effective communication with Aboriginal clients
  • Strong cultural sensitivity and knowledge of the Aboriginal community

The skills you develop in advocacy, negotiation and high-level communication will give you a competitive advantage for Aboriginal affairs roles in health, education, community development and a range of other areas.

For more information, take a look at the Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice single degree.

For more detailed program information about the combined Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice/ Bachelor of Laws, please refer to the handbook.

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