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

Face to Face

Duration

5 years full-time.

UON program code: 12348

Study law at UON

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.

Why study with us?

  • Our Law graduates get jobs with 92% securing employment within four months of graduating.
  • Get two degrees plus a Diploma in less time - the combined law degree with the added option to complete the Diploma in Legal Practice mean you will complete three qualifications in only five years of study.
  • Practise as soon as you graduate. With the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice we are the only Law School in NSW where graduates can practise without any further study.
  • Study in state-of-the-art facilities. In 2017, our $95 million dollar NeW Space development will open its doors to UON business, commerce and law students.
  • Build your networks - The University of Newcastle Law Students' Association (UNLSA) is at the heart of the student community and allows you to form relationships to help you at uni and beyond.
  • Indigenous early entry - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can apply for early entry and get an offer to study Law as early as September.

What you will study

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:

  • advanced research
  • advocacy
  • analytical problem solving
  • high-level task management
  • negotiation
  • oral and written communication

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.

Combined options

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree program is offered as a five-year full-time program in combination with another degree that interests you.

  1. Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  2. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  3. Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  4. Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  5. Bachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  6. Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  7. Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Advanced study options

Law graduates who want to practise law in Australia need to complete a practical legal training course.

You can choose to do this practical legal training course as part of the last two years of your combined law degree through enrolling in our Diploma in Legal Practice. The Practice Program is integrated into the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree and you can still complete the degree in five years.

With this qualification we are the only Law School in New South Wales where you can be admitted as a certified practising lawyer with no further study or practical experience. We are also the only Law School in Australia where you meet the practical experience requirements to practise nationally through our in-house legal advice clinic and external placements.

Diploma of Legal Practice Handbook

Career opportunities

In 2016, 92% 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.

Generalist Options

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.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

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.

Practical experience

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:

  • Work with clients in the University of Newcastle Legal Centre.
  • Undertake work placement opportunities in the many law firms and organisations in the Hunter and beyond. This is a great way for you to grow your professional network.
  • Apply for one of our international immersion tours or placement opportunities in countries such as Thailand and Japan. On these trips you will gain an understanding of the legal issues in these countries, as well as an introduction to cultures and customs.
  • Work at the Legal Centre’s renowned annual summer clinic held at Newcastle Beach called Law on the Beach. You will work on real cases and provide legal advice to community members at the drop-in clinic as part of a team of students, supervised by a lawyer.

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.