Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)


Faculty of Business and Law

Program Code


Graduate Level


UAC Code

  • 483100 - Newcastle (Callaghan)


Admission Instructions

Program Award Rules and Schedules

Mode of delivery

Face to face on campus

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This is a new program commencing 2014.

Within this combined degree program, students study a combination of Arts 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 Arts 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.

Students completing this combined degree meet the requirements to practise law in NSW, and acquire skills and knowledge through the Arts studies they have chosen. You can major or minor in the following Arts areas (C - Callaghan campus, O - Ourimbah campus): - Aboriginal Studies (C) - Ancient History and Classical Languages (C) - Chinese (C)(Minor only. The Chinese major is available to pre-2012 continuing students only.) - Creative and Performing Arts (C, O) - English and Writing (C, O) - Film, Media and Cultural Studies (C, Flexible Delivery) - French Studies (C) - German (C) - History (C, O) - Human Geography and the Environment (C) - Japanese Studies (C) - Linguistics (C) - Philosophy and Religion (C) - Politics and International Relations (C, O) - Psychology Studies (C, O) - Sociology and Anthropology (C, O).

Students wishing to practise law must also complete postgraduate professional training approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board. 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.

Commencement in this program is only available in Semester 1. Due to timetabling issues this program is not available for a Semester 2 commencement.

Admission Requirements (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.

Students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements.

Assumed Knowledge (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

There is no assumed knowledge for this program.

Honours (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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: . See Program Convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Graded Honours.

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International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. There is a requirement for a minimum 7.0 IELTS result (with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest) or equivalent.

All International students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit to find out more about the support services available to international students.

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Student with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester commences 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 for more information.

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Students should refer to the Bachelor of Arts handbook entry for information on the majors and minors at the following link:

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.

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The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is undertaken over five years of full-time study. To satisfy the requirements of both degrees, students must complete 400 units of study comprising 160 units of Bachelor of Arts courses and 240 units of LAWS courses from the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree.

In order to qualify for the Bachelor of Arts award, a student must pass 240 units comprising of 160 units of approved Bachelor of Arts courses and 80 units of LAWS courses as listed.

The 160 units of approved Bachelor of Arts courses must successfully be completed in accordance with one of the following structures as set out in the Bachelor of Arts program handbook:

1) double major option - one 80 unit Major + a second 80 unit Major;


2) Single Major and Double Minor Option - One 80 unit Major + One 40 unit Minor + A second 40 unit Minor.

Please note: Your final transcript will not specify completed minors.

Students should refer to the Bachelor of Arts Handbook entry link in the further information section at the top of this handbook for information on the composition of minors and majors in the Arts program.

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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Back to topCore Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
LAWS1001ALegal System & Method - Part ASemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS1001BLegal System & Method - Part BSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS1003ATorts - Part ASemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS1003BTorts - Part BSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS2004ACriminal Law & Procedure - Part ASemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS2004BCriminal Law & Procedure - Part BSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS3004AContracts - Part ASemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS3004BContracts - Part BSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4001Constitutional LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4002Administrative LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4003Civil ProcedureSemester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS4004EvidenceSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4005Company LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4007Professional ConductSemester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS4010Equity and TrustsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4011PropertySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4012Public International LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Choose 70 units from directed courses over years 4 and 5.
LAWS5003Advanced Criminal LawSemester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS5005Advanced Legal Research and Writing

This is a research dissertation course. Entry is limited to students with an average of 75% or above.

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5006Child LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5009Employment LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5010Environmental LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5011Equal Opportunity LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5013Health LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5014International Human Rights LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5015Intellectual Property LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5016Law ReviewNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5017Legal HistorySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5021Sport and the LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5024Indigenous People, Issues and The LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5027Maritime and International Trade LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5028Intermural Skills CompetitionsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5029Workplace Health and Safety LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5030Legal TheorySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5031Competition and Consumer LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5032Dispute Resolution: non-litigiousNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5033Native Title Law and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5034Crime and Australian SocietyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5035Law and ReligionSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5036International Clinical Legal ExternshipSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5037Public Interest AdvocacySemester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS5061Commercial LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5063Family LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5065Taxation LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units