Program Award Rules and Schedules
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This is a new program commencing in 2014.
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. As well as providing the academic basis for admission to legal practice, law is now regarded as a useful general education, fostering understanding of how society functions, and developing skills of analytical and logical reasoning.
During the first three years, combined degree students enrol in the courses offered by the Faculty of Business and Law as part of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB (Hons)), 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 entry LLB (Hons) program over three years full-time study.
There are a number of ways to gain entry to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program at the University of Newcastle. Students may be considered for admission on the basis of:
1.1.1. NSW HSC or equivalent - irrespective of age of qualification;
1.1.2. Completed or partly completed higher education studies;
1.1.3. TAFE qualifications;
1.1.4. Overseas qualifications equivalent to Australian studies (International);
1.1.5 A University approved special admission bonus points scheme:
i. Educational Access Scheme (EAS); and
ii. Regional and Rural Bonus Points Scheme.
1.1.6. A University approved special admission scheme:
i. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme;
ii. Elite Athletes Admission Scheme;
iii. Special Circumstances Admission Scheme; and
iv. Guaranteed Entry Admission Scheme.
Students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements.
There is no assumed knowledge for Law.
Honours is embedded in the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 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 Program Convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Graded Honours.
Entry based on overseas qualifications at Bachelor level at a recognised institution.
International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. There is a requirement of a minimum 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.
Students 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
Students entering the graduate entry program (LLB(Hons)) will receive 80 units credit towards the LLB(Hons) program.
Graduate Law students complete four core program LAWS courses during their first year of study. These core program courses are: Legal System and Method, Torts, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Contracts.
Once students have completed these four core program courses, the LLB (Honours) program diverges into two streams: the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) where students undertake traditional law studies with a wide choice of directed courses; 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. The Professional Program must be completed full-time. Admission to the Professional Program is competitive. See the separate Program Handbook entry for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice for further information on that program.
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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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|LAWS5003||Advanced Criminal Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)||10 units|
|LAWS5005||Advanced Legal Research and Writing|
This is a research dissertation course. Entry is limited to students with an average of 75% or above.
|Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5006||Child Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5009||Employment Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5010||Environmental Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5011||Equal Opportunity Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5013||Health Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5014||International Human Rights Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5015||Intellectual Property Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5016||Law Review||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5017||Legal History||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5021||Sport and the Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5024||Indigenous People, Issues and The Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5027||Maritime and International Trade Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5028||Intermural Skills Competitions||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)|
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
|LAWS5029||Workplace Health and Safety Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5030||Legal Theory||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5031||Competition and Consumer Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5032||Dispute Resolution: non-litigious||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5033||Native Title Law and Practice||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5034||Crime and Australian Society||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5035||Law and Religion||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5036||International Clinical Legal Externship||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5037||Public Interest Advocacy||Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)||10 units|
|LAWS5061||Commercial Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5063||Family Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5065||Taxation Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|