What you will study
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When you study a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the University of Newcastle you will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws and second Bachelor level degree of your choice in just five years of full-time study.
If you want to practice law after you graduate you will need to complete a practical legal training course. You can choose to do this in the last two years of your combined law degree through enrolling in the LLB (Practice) Program.
Whether you choose to practice 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
- Analytical problem solving
- High level task management
- Strong oral and written communication
When studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) you will gain extensive clinical experience and practical skills as outlined below.
First year - When studying first year law, you will observe real clients at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC). This unique opportunity allows you to learn through observing and reflecting on your experience and assists in constructing a broader vision of the law and what it means to be a lawyer.
In first year, you will also practice your advocacy skills in a Torts moot which is judged by barristers from the Bar Association at the Legal Centre.
Second year - In second year, you will continue to analyse and work on real cases through UNLC. You will have the opportunity to work on criminal law matters currently before the court while completing the Criminal Law and Procedure course (LAWS 2004). You will learn how to prepare a listed case for defended hearing before the local and/or district court and have the opportunity to attend court to observe hearing of the matters in which you are actively involved.
Third year - In third year, you will have the opportunity to try out for a place in one of the Law School's competitive mooting teams, and in some instances, enrol in the elective course 'Competitive Mooting'. The Kirby Contract Arbitration Moot, for example, affords you the opportunity to work through a complex contractual dispute and hone your legal reasoning, problem solving and advocacy skills at the same time.
Fourth year - When you transition to fourth year, you have the opportunity to participate in Law on the Beach through the UNLC. Through this Practice Program, students provide a 'walk-up' legal advice service providing you the opportunity to interview clients, brief lawyers, sit in on legal advice and do follow-up case work.
Fifth year - In your final year of law you can opt to enrol in Criminal Law Practice Model (LAWS 4055A) in which you will learn trial preparation, trial technique and advocacy in the criminal jurisdiction. You will conduct advocacy exercises in the Local Court of New South Wales including a bail application, a plea and participation in a Hearing before a Magistrate, Judge or experienced member of the legal profession.
UNLC regularly conducts seminars about the law for community organisations. All students at Newcastle Law School can be involved in UNLC’s evening advice clinics. The Legal Centre undertakes public interest casework. The Centre organises external placements at law firms for students at Newcastle Law School.
Upon graduation you will have completed a total of 270 hours in the University of Newcastle Legal Centre and obtained your Diploma in Legal Practice while completing your Law degree at Newcastle.
A combined degree in law is also an excellent springboard for careers in business, government and non-government organisations and private enterprise. An advanced understanding of our legal system has relevance across a wide range of industries and will place you in a strong position when you embark on your professional career.
For more detailed program information relating to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours), please refer to the handbook. You can also find out more about studying law at the University of Newcastle by visiting the Faculty of Business and Law.
The Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice/Bachelor of Laws equips you to pursue a career as a lawyer, or to follow a separate career path in Aboriginal affairs.
Whether you are Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal, the Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice/Bachelor of Laws provides you with an opportunity to improve social justice by preparing through a highly fulfilling career in Indigenous affairs.
When you study a combined degree you will develop:
- An understanding of the social, political and justice issues impacting the Aboriginal community
- Effective communication with Aboriginal clients
- Strong cultural sensitivity and knowledge of the Aboriginal community
The skills you develop in advocacy, negotiation and high-level communication will give you a competitive advantage for Aboriginal affairs roles in health, education, community development and a range of other areas.
For more information, take a look at the Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice single degree.
For more detailed program information about the combined Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice/Bachelor of Laws, please refer to the handbook.
With over twenty majors to choose from, a Bachelor of Arts allows you to pursue your passions and interests, whilst also building your research capabilities, communication skills, and your understanding of how our society functions.
When you study arts in combination with law, you will add significant value to your Bachelor of Laws degree. For example, choosing to study history will broaden your understanding of legal issues by allowing you to see them within a wider context. A major in politics and international relations will improve your analytical and logical problem solving skills.
For more information about arts at the University of Newcastle, take a look at the Bachelor of Arts single degree.
For more detailed program information about the combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws, please refer to the handbook.
With businesses and corporations subject to extensive regulation, a law degree is a highly valued and useful asset within the business sector.
Many large companies employ in-house lawyers to provide specialist legal advice. In-house lawyers must not only have in-depth legal knowledge but also possess a strong understanding of business affairs. As such, the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws combined degree is extremely valuable if you undertake a career as a corporate lawyer.
Even if you choose not to practice as a lawyer, a law degree will enhance your business qualifications and increase your employability. The global business world demands highly qualified employees who will contribute to future success and development in a competitive environment. Employers recognise that as a graduate of both business and law, you are professional, highly motivated and possess both business acumen and legal knowledge.
For more information about business studies at the University of Newcastle, take a look at the Bachelor of Business single degree.
The skills and knowledge you will gain studying commerce will complement and enhance the skills you will learn in your law degree. Both degrees teach critical thinking, analytical problem solving, task management and strong communication skills.
Commerce and the financial services industry are heavily regulated. A law degree will improve your understanding of important legislation that is relevant to economics, finance and accounting. Employers also recognise that as a law graduate you have a strong work ethic and are committed to the highest ethical and professional standards.
Many law firms seek out professionals with both legal skills and expertise in commerce, accounting and finance. Lawyers with commerce expertise are also highly valued as in-house lawyers for large companies and government departments.
To review the commerce degree in detail, take a look at the Bachelor of Commerce single degree.
For more detailed program information about the combined Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Law degree, please refer to the handbook.
Several legal practice areas focus on the media, communication and technology sectors. Mass media and communication technology are increasingly powerful and influential within our society, meaning associated laws and regulations are constantly developing.
The disciplines of laws and communication complement each other, with both serving to develop your analytical problem solving, critical thinking and research skills. Your communications degree will also teach you valuable inquiry and investigation skills, which will be beneficial if you choose to study law.
If you are planning on entering the highly competitive fields of media or telecommunications, a law degree will enhance your communication qualifications and increase your career opportunities.
For more information about the single degree program, take a look at the Bachelor of Communication.
For more detailed program information about the combined Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws, please refer to the handbook.
The Bachelor of Science/laws combination is an excellent spring-board for an exciting legal career. You will be able to apply your scientific knowledge to a range of legal contexts including industry, agriculture or the information revolution.
With several majors to choose from within the Bachelor of Science, you can use this area of specialisation to shape either your career in law or science
If you decide not to practice law, your laws qualifications will equip you with analytical and logical reasoning skills and an understanding of how our society functions that will hold you in good stead for any science focused career you choose to pursue.
For more information about the single degree program, take a look at the Bachelor of Science.
For more detailed program information about the combined Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws, please refer to the handbook.
The Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws is ideal if you are interested in improving social justice, anti-discrimination and human rights.
Choosing to combine social science and laws equips you to practice as a lawyer or pursue a range of rewarding careers in the field of social science.
Your Bachelor of Social Science degree will improve your cultural sensitivity, ethical awareness and your understanding of how people interact.
For more information about the single degree program, take a look at the Bachelor of Social Science.
For more detailed program information about the Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws, please refer to the handbook.