Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Diploma of Legal Practice

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Bachelor of Laws (Honours) / Diploma of Legal Practice

Information correct as at

4th May 2015 8:09pm

Program Code

12347

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 5 years full time.

International - 5 years full time.

Term Type

Semesters

Contributing Schools

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

The Bachelor of Laws(Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice (Practice 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.


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

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.

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 Proficiency Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.html

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

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Additional Form - 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 additional information section.

Credit Transfer

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'.


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

440 units

Program Duration

5 years full time up to 12 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program 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 (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

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.


Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

LAWS1001ALegal System and Method - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1001BLegal Systems and Method - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1003ATorts - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1003BTorts - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS2004ACriminal Law & Procedure - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS2004BCriminal Law and Procedure - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS3004AContracts - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS3004BContracts - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4001Constitutional Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4002Administrative Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4003Civil Procedure
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4004Evidence
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4005Company Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4007Professional Conduct
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4010Equity and Trusts
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4011Property
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4012Public International Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4054ALegal Practice 1 - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4054BLegal Practice 1 - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4055ALegal Practice 2 - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4055BLegal Practice 2 - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5061Commercial Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5063Family Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 50 units from the following directed courses

LAWS5003Advanced Criminal LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5005Adv Legal Research and Writing
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5006Child Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5009Employment Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5010Environmental LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5011Equal Opportunity Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5013Health Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5014International Human Rights Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5015Intellectual Property Law
  • Semester 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 Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5028Competitive Mooting
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5029Workplace Health and Safety Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5030Legal Theory
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5031Competition and Consumer Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5032Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5033Native Title Law and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5034Crime and Australian SocietyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5035Law and ReligionNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5036International Clinical Legal Externship
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5039Internet Law
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5040Financial Services Regulation
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5041Mining Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5042Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5043International Study Experience
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5065Taxation Law
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Honours

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.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the capacity to provide professional advice, based on specialised knowledge of law and its application in diverse contexts, to employers, government and individual clients.
  • Recognise Law as a dynamic discipline requiring professional lifelong learning and skill development.
  • Demonstrate the technical and cognitive skills required to plan and conduct advanced legal research tasks independently.
  • Demonstrate the technical and cognitive skills required to plan and conduct advanced legal research tasks in collaboration with others.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to analyse the formation, content and operation of the law.
  • Apply lateral thinking to solve legal problems through the range of available dispute resolution mechanisms.
  • Demonstrate advanced oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrate advanced written communication skills.
  • Recognise the importance of acting as a professional advocate for the rule of law.
  • Apply professional skills to the maintenance and reform of the legal system.
  • Understand and uphold the highest ethical standards in discharging responsibilities to clients, other professionals, the courts and the public.
  • Understand, evaluate and critically reflect upon the interaction of law and society.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International Students

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.


Special Needs

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.

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