Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Diploma of Legal Practice

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Faculty of Business and Law

Program Code

12347

Graduate Level

Undergraduate

CRICOS Code

Contributing Schools and Faculties

Admission Instructions

Program Award Rules and Schedules

Mode of delivery

Face to face on campus

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The Bachelor of Laws(Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice (the Professional Program) is offered by the Faculty of Business and Law. Information on the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) programs is included here to provide background context for this program.

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 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 (Honours)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 (Hons) program, as well as courses within other Faculties to complete one of the seven degrees taken in combination with the LLB (Hons). 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 (Hons) program over three years of full-time study.

Students may undertake the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice in the final two years of their Law studies.


Admission Requirements (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice Program is only available to students who have met the requirements for their non-Law degree and are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program at the University of Newcastle. Admission to the professional program is on a competitive basis and selection is based 100% on academic merit in the core program courses with at least 60 of the 80 units being completed at the University of Newcastle. Only core program courses completed at Newcastle will be considered.

Students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements.


Selection Criteria (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Additional Selection Criteria:
  • To apply for admission into the Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice, students must complete the prescribed application form and submit it to the City Hub in November in the year prior to which admission is sought (please contact the City Hub for further details on the closing date).

    For the selection criteria please see the document provided in the further information section.


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

Honours is embedded in the 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 the Program Convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Graded Honours.


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students undertake Professional Placements.


Professional Accreditation (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree meets the academic requirements needed to gain admission to the practice of law in New South Wales. Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice graduates are eligible to apply for admission to practice as a legal practitioner without further study.


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International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. There is a minimum requirement of 7.0 IELTS result (with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest) or equivalent for this program.

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/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


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Student with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester commences 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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


Requirements and Structure Back to top

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 (Hons) program diverges into two streams: the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (the LLB(Hons) Program), in which students undertake traditional law studies; and the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice, (the Professional Program), which merges traditional undergraduate law teaching with practical legal training and experience.

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) students who wish to practise law need to complete a postgraduate professional program approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board. Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice graduates are eligible to apply for admission to practise as a legal practitioner without further study.


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 topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
LAWS1001ALegal System & Method - Part ASemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS1001BLegal System & Method - Part BSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS1003ATorts - Part ASemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS1003BTorts - Part BSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
LAWS2004ACriminal Law & Procedure - Part ASemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS2004BCriminal Law & Procedure - Part BSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
LAWS3004AContracts - Part ASemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS3004BContracts - Part BSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
LAWS4003Civil ProcedureSemester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS4004EvidenceSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4005Company LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4007Professional ConductSemester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS4010Equity and TrustsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4011PropertySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4054ALegal Practice 1 - Part ASemester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS4054BLegal Practice 1 - Part BSemester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
LAWS4001Constitutional LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4002Administrative LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4012Public International LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4055ALegal Practice 2 - Part ASemester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS4055BLegal Practice 2 - Part BSemester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS5061Commercial LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5063Family LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Choose 50 units from directed courses across year 4 and year 5.
LAWS5003Advanced Criminal LawSemester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS5005Advanced Legal Research and WritingSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5006Child LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5009Employment LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5010Environmental LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5011Equal Opportunity LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5013Health LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5014International Human Rights LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5015Intellectual Property LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5016Law ReviewNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5017Legal HistorySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5021Sport and the LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5024Indigenous People, Issues and The LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5027Maritime and International Trade LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5028Intermural Skills CompetitionsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5029Workplace Health and Safety LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5030Legal TheorySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5031Competition and Consumer LawSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5032Dispute Resolution: non-litigiousNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5033Native Title Law and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5034Crime and Australian SocietyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5035Law and ReligionSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5036International Clinical Legal ExternshipSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5062ConveyancingNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5064SuccessionNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5065Taxation LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units