Bachelor of Laws / Diploma of Legal Practice
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27th Oct 2016 7:53pm
Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
Locations and UAC Codes
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 4 years full time or part time equivalent.
International - 4 years full time.
Relevant University rules and policies
The Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice (Practice Program) is offered by the Faculty of Business and Law. Information on the Bachelor of Laws programs is included here to provide background context for this program.The Bachelor of Laws degree is offered as a three year full-time graduate program or as a five year full-time program offered in combination with other degree programs: Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Communication, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Social Science. The Bachelor of Laws degree meets the academic requirements needed to gain admission to the practice of law in New South Wales.During the first three years, combined degree students enrol in the courses offered by the Faculty of Business and Law as part of the LLB program, as well as courses within other Faculties to complete one of the seven degrees taken in combination with the LLB. During the final two years they enrol in LAWS courses only. For information about the non-Law degrees and patterns of study for the combined degrees, refer to the relevant program entries.Students who already hold a Bachelor's degree undertake the graduate LLB program over three years of full-time study.Students may undertake the Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice in the final two years of their Law studies.
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This program is not available to commencing students.
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 at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438
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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Credit in the Bachelor of Laws is only considered from another law degree.
Compulsory Program Requirements
It is a requirement that students complete a total of 360 hours professional placement which includes at least 90 hours at the UoN Legal Centre.
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
4 years full time or part time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
All students complete 80 units of core program LAWS courses consisting of Legal System and Method, Torts, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Contracts. Graduate Law students would complete these courses in their first year of study.Once students have completed these core program courses, the LLB program diverges into two streams: the Bachelor of Laws (the LLB Program), in which students undertake traditional law studies; and the Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice (Practice Program), which merges traditional undergraduate law teaching with practical legal training and experience.Bachelor of Laws students who wish to practice law need to complete a postgraduate professional program approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board. Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice graduates are eligible to apply for admission to practice as a legal practitioner without further study.
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 at the top of this page.
|LAWS1001A||Legal System and Method - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS1001B||Legal Systems and Method - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS1003A||Torts - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS1003B||Torts - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS2004A||Criminal Law & Procedure - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS2004B||Criminal Law and Procedure - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS3004A||Contracts - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS3004B||Contracts - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS4001||Constitutional Law||10 units|
|LAWS4002||Administrative Law||10 units|
|LAWS4003||Civil Procedure||10 units|
|LAWS4005||Company Law||10 units|
|LAWS4007||Professional Conduct||10 units|
|LAWS4010||Equity and Trusts||10 units|
|LAWS4012||Public International Law||10 units|
|LAWS4054A||Legal Practice 1 - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS4054B||Legal Practice 1 - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS4055A||Legal Practice 2 - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS4055B||Legal Practice 2 - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS5061||Commercial Law||10 units|
|LAWS5063||Family Law||10 units|
Choose 50 units from the following directed courses
|LAWS5005||Adv Legal Research and Writing||10 units|
|LAWS5006||Child Law||10 units|
|LAWS5009||Employment Law||10 units|
|LAWS5010||Environmental Law||10 units|
|LAWS5013||Health Law||10 units|
|LAWS5014||International Human Rights Law||10 units|
|LAWS5015||Intellectual Property Law||10 units|
|LAWS5028||Competitive Mooting||10 units|
|LAWS5029||Workplace Health and Safety Law||10 units|
|LAWS5030||Legal Theory||10 units|
|LAWS5031||Competition Law and Policy||10 units|
|LAWS5032||Alternative Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS5037||Public Interest Advocacy||10 units|
Students should refer to the Bachelor of Laws Handbook entry for information regarding the Bachelor of Laws courses.
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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability 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 medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.