- Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
Face to Face
5 years full-time.
- Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
- IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
- IELTS section minimum - 6.0
5 years full-time.
Face to Face
Within this combined degree program, students study a combination of Science and Law courses over a period of five years full-time. On completion of the first three years students will have completed all the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree. In the final two years of the combined degree program students complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and may enrol in these two years on a less than full time basis.
Students completing this combined degree program meet the academic requirements to practice law in NSW, however, they must also complete postgraduate professional training approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board if they wish to practise as a lawyer. Alternatively students completing this degree may apply for entry to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice program - see separate handbook entry - which allows immediate admission to legal practice on graduation. Students also have the skills and knowledge to contribute to scientific development in many areas of technology, industry, agriculture or the information revolution.
The APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited major sequence is not available to students who commence the program in 2012 or after. A Psychology major is available in the program, however is not accredited for students commencing study in 2012 onwards. Students who commence the program in 2012 or after, and who wish to complete an accredited Psychology program, are advised to apply for admission to the 4 year Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program.
Commencement in this program is only available in Semester 1. Due to timetabling issues this program is not available for a Semester 2 commencement.
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Demonstrate the capacity to provide professional advice, based on specialised knowledge of law and its application in diverse contexts, to employers, government and individual clients.
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|Assumed knowledge||HSC Mathematics (Band 5) or better, For those who have no Mathematics at HSC level a bridging course may be necessary. HSC level Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Physics are also recommended. For Geog: HSC Geography, Soc Sci or Natural Sci.|
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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.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.
There is a requirement for a minimum 7.0 IELTS result (with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest) or equivalent.
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, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
5 years full-time.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
The Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) is undertaken over five years of full-time study. Within the 160 units of Bachelor of Science Approved Courses, you must complete a 10 unit directed STAT course, a 10 unit directed MATH course, a major consisting of at least 90 units, and 10 units of approved Science courses at 2000 or 3000 level. Majors can be taken: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geography, Physics, Photonics and Psychology.
The 160 units must contain a minimum of 60 units of Science Approved Courses at 1000 level and 60 units at 3000 level. Approved Courses can be selected from the lists contained in the Program Description for the Bachelor of Science and it also contains further details on course requirements within a major sequence.
Credit towards the Bachelor of Science degree is granted for the 80 units of Bachelor of Laws (Honours) courses taken in the first three years, taking the total Bachelor of Science units to 240. Thus, on successful completion of the first three years of the combined degree program outlined above, you will have completed all the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree.
To meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree you must complete 240 units as listed. The final two years of the combined degree program study in LAWS courses only.
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
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.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|LAWS1001A||Legal System and Method - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS1001B||Legal Systems and Method - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS1003A||Torts - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS1003B||Torts - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS2004A||Criminal Law & Procedure - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS2004B||Criminal Law and Procedure - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS3004A||Contracts - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS3004B||Contracts - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS4001||Constitutional Law||10 units|
|LAWS4002||Administrative Law||10 units|
|LAWS4003||Civil Procedure||10 units|
|LAWS4005||Company Law||10 units|
|LAWS4007||Professional Conduct||10 units|
|LAWS4010||Equity and Trusts||10 units|
|LAWS4012||Public International Law||10 units|
Choose 70 units from directed courses across Years 4 and 5.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|LAWS5003||Advanced Criminal Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5005||Adv Legal Research and Writing||10 units|
|LAWS5006||Child Law||10 units|
|LAWS5009||Employment Law||10 units|
|LAWS5010||Environmental Law||10 units|
|LAWS5011||Equal Opportunity Law||10 units|
|LAWS5013||Health Law||10 units|
|LAWS5014||International Human Rights Law||10 units|
|LAWS5015||Intellectual Property Law||10 units|
|LAWS5016||Law Review||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5017||Legal History||Not currently offered||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||International Trade Law||10 units|
|LAWS5028||Competitive Mooting||10 units|
|LAWS5029||Workplace Health and Safety Law||10 units|
|LAWS5031||Competition Law and Policy||10 units|
|LAWS5032||Alternative Dispute Resolution||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||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5036||International Clinical Legal Externship||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5037||Public Interest Advocacy||10 units|
|LAWS5039||Internet Law||10 units|
|LAWS5040||Financial Services Regulation||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5041||Mining Law||10 units|
|LAWS5042||Commercial Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS5043||International Study Experience||10 units|
|LAWS5044||International Environmental Law and Policy||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5061||Commercial Law||10 units|
|LAWS5063||Family Law||10 units|
|LAWS5065||Taxation Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
Honours is embedded in the Law component of this 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.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
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.
Students in combined degree programs are advised to consult with the relevant Program Officers for the Faculty of Science and Information Technology and the Faculty of Business and Law regarding their academic 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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online