Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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1st Jul 2016 12:19pm

Program Code

12346

AQF Level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 5 years full time.

International - 5 years full time.

ATAR (2016)

Cut-off Median
Callaghan Campus90.3093.85

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.

Term Type

Semesters

Contributing Schools

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

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.


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

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 at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

There is a requirement for a minimum 7.0 IELTS result (with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest) or equivalent.

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.

Bachelor of Science - Mathematics- students will be expected to have HSC Mathematics (Band 5) or better, otherwise a MATH course must be undertaken in the Science program. 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 Geography: HSC Geography, Social Science or Natural Science is desirable.

Bachelor of Laws - Nil


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'.


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

400 units

Program Duration

5 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

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, there are 10 units of core (compulsory) courses, a 10 unit directed MATH course, a major consisting of 90 units (a sequence of at least 20 units at 1000 level, 30 units at 2000 level and 40 units at 3000 level in a particular discipline), 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.


Transition Arrangements

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.


Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

LAWS1001ALegal System and Method - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1001BLegal Systems and Method - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1003ATorts - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1003BTorts - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS2004ACriminal Law & Procedure - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS2004BCriminal Law and Procedure - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS3004AContracts - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS3004BContracts - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4001Constitutional Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4002Administrative Law
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4003Civil Procedure
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4004Evidence
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4005Company Law
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4007Professional Conduct
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4010Equity and Trusts
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4011Property
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4012Public International Law
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 70 units from directed courses across Years 4 and 5.

LAWS5003Advanced Criminal Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5005Adv Legal Research and Writing
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5006Child Law
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5009Employment Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5010Environmental Law
  • Compressed Summer - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5011Equal Opportunity Law
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5013Health Law
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5014International Human Rights Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5015Intellectual Property Law
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5016Law ReviewNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5017Legal History
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5021Sport and the LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5024Indigenous People, Issues and The Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5027International Trade LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5028Competitive MootingNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5029Workplace Health and Safety LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5030Legal Theory
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5031Competition Law and Policy
  • Winter - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5032Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5033Native Title Law and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5034Crime and Australian Society
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5035Law and Religion
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5036International Clinical Legal Externship
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5037Public Interest Advocacy
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5039Internet LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5040Financial Services RegulationNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5041Mining Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5042Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Winter - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5043International Study Experience
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5044International Environmental Law and PolicyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5061Commercial Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5063Family Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5065Taxation Law
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units

Honours

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.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

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.

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.


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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