Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Handbook

Faculty of Business and Law

Program Code

12348

Graduate Level

Undergraduate

CRICOS Code

Contributing Schools and Faculties

Admission Instructions

Mode of delivery

Face to face on campus

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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.


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

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.


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

There is no assumed knowledge for Law.


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

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.


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

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.


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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.


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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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
LAWS2004ACriminal Law & Procedure - Part ASemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS2004BCriminal Law & Procedure - Part BSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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
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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
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Choose 70 units from directed courses across years 2 and 3.
LAWS5003Advanced Criminal LawSemester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS5005Advanced 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
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
LAWS5037Public Interest AdvocacySemester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS5061Commercial LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5063Family LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5065Taxation LawSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units