Bachelor of Laws (pre 2014)


Faculty of Business and Law

Program Code


Graduate Level



Contributing Schools and Faculties

Admission Instructions

Mode of delivery

Face to face on campus.

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This program will not be available to commencing student from 2014. Please refer to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program.

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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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit for information on how to gain entry.

Applicants for the three-year graduate program must have successfully completed a tertiary qualification at Bachelor level at a recognised institution or other tertiary qualification assessed by the PVC to be equivalent. Applications for admission are processed through UAC.

Applicants who do not hold a Bachelor degree should apply for one of the five-year combined law degree programs through UAC.

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There is no assumed knowledge for Law.

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

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 to apply online.

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Students undertaking the Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice (the Professional Program) are expected to complete a professional placement.

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Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice are eligible to apply for admission to practise as a legal practitioner without further study. Bachelor of Laws graduates who wish to practice Law must also complete postgraduate professional training approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board.

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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 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 for more information.

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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.

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Students should speak to a Faculty of Business and Law Program Officer or the Newcastle Law School regarding transition arrangements.

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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
LAWS1001ALegal System & Method - Part ASemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS1001BLegal System & Method - Part BSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS1003ATorts - Part ASemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS1003BTorts - Part BSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS2004ACriminal Law & Procedure - Part ASemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS2004BCriminal Law & Procedure - Part BSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS3004AContracts - Part ASemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS3004BContracts - Part BSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4001Constitutional LawSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4002Administrative LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4003Civil ProcedureSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4004EvidenceSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4005Company LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4007Professional ConductSemester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS4010Equity and TrustsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4011PropertySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS4012Public International LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
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Choose 70 units from Directed courses.
LAWS5003Advanced Criminal LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5005Advanced Legal Research and WritingSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5006Child LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5009Employment LawSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5010Environmental LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5011Equal Opportunity LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5013Health LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5014International Human Rights LawSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5015Intellectual Property LawSemester 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 LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5028Competitive MootingSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5029Workplace Health and Safety LawSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5030Legal TheorySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5031Competition and Consumer LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5032Alternative Dispute ResolutionSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)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 ExternshipSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5037Public Interest AdvocacySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5039Internet LawSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5040Financial Services RegulationSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5041Mining LawSemester 1 - 2015 (City Precinct)10 units
LAWS5042Commercial Dispute ResolutionSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5061Commercial LawSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5063Family LawSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
LAWS5065Taxation LawSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units