Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (pre 2014)


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This program will not be available to commencing student from 2014. Please refer to the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program.

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 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/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.

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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit for information on how to gain entry.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit to see if you are eligible.

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

For Psychology: Mathematics. There is no assumed knowledge for Law.

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

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program go to to apply online.

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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 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 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

The Bachelor of Arts program was externally reviewed in 2011 and as a result, a number of changes have been made to the Bachelor of Arts program. Students who commenced this program in 2005-2012 (inclusive) should refer to the Bachelor of Arts program handbook transition requirements section at the following link:

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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 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS1001BLegal System & Method - Part BSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS1003ATorts - Part ASemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS1003BTorts - Part BSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS2004ACriminal Law & Procedure - Part ASemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS2004BCriminal Law & Procedure - Part BSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS3004AContracts - Part ASemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS3004BContracts - Part BSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4001Constitutional LawSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4002Administrative LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4003Civil ProcedureSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4004EvidenceSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4005Company LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4007Professional ConductSemester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS4010Equity and TrustsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4011PropertySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4012Public International LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
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Choose 70 units from the following Directed Courses.
LAWS5003Advanced Criminal LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5005Advanced Legal Research and WritingSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5006Child LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5009Employment LawSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5010Environmental LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5011Equal Opportunity LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5013Health LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5014International Human Rights LawSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5015Intellectual Property LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5016Law ReviewNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5017Legal HistoryNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5021Sport and the LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5024Indigenous People, Issues and The LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5027Maritime and International Trade LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5028Competitive MootingSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5029Workplace Health and Safety LawSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5030Legal TheorySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5031Competition and Consumer LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5032Alternative Dispute ResolutionSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5033Native Title Law and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5034Crime and Australian SocietyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5035Law and ReligionNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5036International Clinical Legal ExternshipSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5037Public Interest AdvocacySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5039Internet LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5040Financial Services RegulationSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5041Mining LawSemester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS5042Commercial Dispute ResolutionSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5061Commercial LawSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5063Family LawSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5065Taxation LawSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units