Bachelor of Communication / 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 in 2014.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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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 for more information.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.
CMNS1000Introduction to Digital Communication

plus two courses at 1000 level in the chosen major

Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1230Foundations of Media ProductionTrimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1234Introduction to Communication Theory

Not to count with CMNS1110

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
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
CMNS2600Audience Studies

plus 20 units of 2000 level courses in the chosen major

Trimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2720Media, Law, EthicsTrimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
FMCS2000Media Structures and Practices

Not to count with CULT2130

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
LAWS2004ACriminal Law & Procedure - Part ASemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS2004BCriminal Law & Procedure - Part BSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CMNS3270Communication and Discourse

plus 40 units at 3000 level from the chosen major

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS3310Communication, Creativity & Cultural ProductionTrimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 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 directed courses across years four and five.
LAWS5003Advanced Criminal LawNot currently offered10 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 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5006Child LawSemester 2 - 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
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