Bachelor of Laws (pre 2014)

Handbook

This program has been discontinued, and there will be no further intake for new students. The information in this program is for continuing students only, who are already enrolled in the program.

Students commencing from 2015 should refer to the handbook for our new program: Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Bachelor of Laws

Information correct as at

1st Apr 2015 7:04pm

Program Code

10806

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 3 years full time.

International - 3 years full time.

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

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


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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'.

Credit in the Bachelor of Laws is only considered from another law degreee.


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

240 units

Program Duration

3 years full time up to 8 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

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 program diverges into two streams: the Bachelor of Laws (the LLB Program), referred to as Option A (in which students undertake traditional law studies with a wide choice of electives) and the Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice, referred to as Option B (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/Diploma of Legal Practice for further information on that program.


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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