Emily talks about her experience studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) combined with a Bachelor of Arts at UON.
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The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at our Newcastle Law School is your passport to a career as a successful lawyer, or a range of other related professions.
This degree is offered as a combined program which means you combine your Bachelor of Laws with another degree and get two qualifications in only five years of study. If you want to be a practising lawyer you can also complete the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and work as soon as you graduate.
Our University of Newcastle Legal Centre provides hands-on experience with opportunities to work on real cases and gain essential courtroom experience.
Even if you choose not to practise law, a strong legal understanding and the ability to apply logical reasoning means that law graduates are extremely competitive for employment opportunities in a range of different sectors.
When you study a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the University of Newcastle you will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a second Bachelor level degree in just five years of full-time study.
Whether you choose to practise law or pursue another career, the skills and extensive knowledge you acquire through this combined degree will be invaluable. You will graduate with skills and experience in:
All students who successfully complete their Bachelor of Laws will graduate with Honours at a level determined by your academic achievement across the whole course of study. You will receive in-depth training in legal research techniques, and be equipped with advanced skills suitable for high-level legal research work or further academic study.
The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree program is offered as a five-year full-time program in combination with another degree that interests you.
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
In 2015, 94% of our law graduates went on to secure jobs in a diverse range of areas. Take a look at the options below to find out more about your career opportunities with your law degree.
The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.
Graduates are also able to use the transferable skills gained in their studies to work outside the field of Law. In some instances, further study and/or work experience may be required.
Undertaking studies in law not only prepares graduates for a career in the legal profession but a huge variety of other roles in sectors ranging from government and business to media and the arts. Graduates often find that this qualification provides a competitive advantage when applying for a variety of roles as many employers value its emphasis on analytical thinking and logical reasoning. Listed below is a sample of some of these job titles.
Newcastle Law school is one of a select number of prestigious law schools in Australia to receive interim certification from the Australian Law School Standards Committee in relation to the Law School program. This means UON's Law School meets and exceeds accreditation requirements. Our Law School also meets accreditation and certification requirements in respect of the legal practice program.
Students who choose to complete the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice while studying their combined Law degree are able to apply to the Legal Profession Admission Board to practise law in NSW. Studying Law at UON means you have an advantage as we are the only university in NSW where you can apply and then practise as a lawyer without any further study or practical experience.
The Newcastle Law School's strong focus on experiential legal education integrates the academic study of law with hands-on, clinical practice and professional training.
In addition to the clinical experience from the classroom, you will have several other opportunities to work with real clients and cases. You can take advantage of one or more of the following initiatives run through the Law School:
Each of these opportunities will provide a unique experience that will broaden your abilities and confidence as you prepare for a professional role when you graduate. Completing these experiences will make you stand out from others in the employment market and position you as a well-rounded graduate.