ATAR cut-off
90.30
93.85 (Median ATAR)
About ATARs
International entry requirement

UAC code

N/A
Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

5 years full-time.

Location

Newcastle

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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Duration

5 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 12342
CRICOS code: 038697D

For addtional information about this degree you can refer to the pages for the corresponding single degrees:
Bachelor of Communication, and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined

Program handbook

Description

Within this combined degree program, students study a combination of Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 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 Communications 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 academic requirement to practice law in NSW, and also become specialists in a field of Communication. However, students must also complete postgraduate professional training approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board to practice as a solicitor. 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.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • 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.

Details

Information correct as at23rd Mar 2017 11:11am
Program code12342
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 5 years full-time.
  • International students - 5 years full-time.
ATAR (2016)
LocationCut-offMedian
Callaghan Campus90.3093.85

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Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Business and Law
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Law School
  2. School of Creative Industries
  3. School of Humanities and Social Science
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code038697D

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Admission information

Admission requirements

There are a number of ways to gain entry into this 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.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

There is a requirement for a minimum 7.0 IELTS result (with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest) or equivalent.


Credit transfer

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, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

400 units

Program duration

5 years full-time.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program requirements

The Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) combined degree program is undertaken over five years of full-time study. To satisfy current degree requirements, candidates must undertake the following program comprising 160 units of Bachelor of Communication courses and 240 units of LAWS courses.  The 160 units of Bachelor of Communication courses must be comprised of 80 units of core and an 80 unit major.  Details on the Bachelor of Communication requirements can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-communication/handbook

Credit towards the Bachelor of Communication is granted for the 80 units of Bachelor of Laws (Honours) courses completed in the first three years, taking the total Bachelor of Communication units to 240 units. To meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree you must complete 240 units in the pattern indicated. The two final years of the combined degree program comprise study of LAWS courses only.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Transition arrangements

The Bachelor of Communication program was revised in 2016, and amendments were made for implementation 2017.  FMCS2000 was removed from the core and added to the Media Studies major.  CMNS2800 was removed from the Media Studies major and added to the core.  The following transition arrangements apply to students who commenced the program prior to 2017:

  • Students who commenced the Bachelor of Communication prior to 2017 who have completed FMCS2000 Media Structures and Practices will include this course in their core. CMNS2800 Creative Industries Entrepreneurship may be taken as an elective or, for students in the Media Studies major, as one of their Directed Courses.
  • Students who commenced the Bachelor of Communication prior to 2017 who have completed CMNS2800 Creative Industries Entrepreneurship AND FMCS2000 Media Structures and Practices will be able to include either in their core. The course not included in the student’s core will either be included as an elective or, for students in the Media Studies major, as one of their Directed Courses.
  • Students who commenced the Bachelor of Communication prior to 2017 who have not done FMCS2000 must do CMNS2800 as part of their core.
  • Students who enrol from 2017 will not be affected.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CMNS1000Introduction to Digital Communication
  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1230Foundations of Media Production
  • Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1234Introduction to Communication Theory
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
10 units
LAWS1001ALegal System and Method - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1001BLegal Systems and Method - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS1003ATorts - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1003BTorts - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
CMNS2600Audience Studies
  • Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2720Media, Law, Ethics
  • Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2800Creative Industries Entrepreneurship
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore)
10 units
LAWS2004ACriminal Law & Procedure - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS2004BCriminal Law and Procedure - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
CMNS3270Communication and Discourse
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS3310Communication, Creativity & Cultural Production
  • Trimester 2 - 2017 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS3004AContracts - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS3004BContracts - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4001Constitutional Law
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4002Administrative Law
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4003Civil Procedure
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4004Evidence
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4005Company Law
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4007Professional Conduct
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4010Equity and Trusts
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4011Property
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4012Public International Law
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 70 units from directed courses across Years 4 and 5.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS5003Advanced Criminal LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5005Adv Legal Research and Writing
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5006Child Law
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5009Employment Law
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5010Environmental Law
  • Summer 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5011Equal Opportunity Law
  • Winter - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5013Health Law
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5014International Human Rights Law
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5015Intellectual Property Law
  • Winter - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
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
LAWS5027International Trade LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5028Competitive Mooting
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5029Workplace Health and Safety Law
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5030Jurisprudence
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5031Competition Law and Policy
  • Winter - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5032Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5033Native Title Law and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5034Crime and Australian SocietyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5036International Clinical Legal ExternshipNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5037Public Interest Advocacy
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5039Internet LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5040Financial Services RegulationNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5041Mining Law
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5042Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Winter - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5043International Study ExperienceNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5044International Environmental Law and PolicyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5061Commercial Law
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5063Family Law
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5065Taxation LawNot currently offered10 units

Honours

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.


Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Students in combined degree programs are advised to consult with the relevant Program Officers for the Faculty of Science and Information Technology and the Faculty of Business and Law regarding their academic program.


International students

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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special needs

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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 medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online