Program Award Rules and Schedules
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This is a new program commencing in 2014.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. There will be a requirement for a minimum 7.0 IELTS result (with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest) or equivalent). 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/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Student with disabilities 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 medial condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
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.
Requirements and Structure Back to top
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 Back to top
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.
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|Back to topCore Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)|
|Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.|
|LAWS1001A||Legal System & Method - Part A||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS1001B||Legal System & Method - Part B||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS1003A||Torts - Part A||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS1003B||Torts - Part B||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|STAT1070||Statistics for the Sciences|
20 Units of Approved Sciences Courses at 1000 level required within the chosen major
|Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)|
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
|LAWS2004A||Criminal Law & Procedure - Part A||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS2004B||Criminal Law & Procedure - Part B||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS3004A||Contracts - Part A||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS3004B||Contracts - Part B||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS4001||Constitutional Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS4002||Administrative Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS4003||Civil Procedure||Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)||10 units|
|LAWS4004||Evidence||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS4005||Company Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS4007||Professional Conduct||Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)||10 units|
|LAWS4010||Equity and Trusts||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS4011||Property||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS4012||Public International Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
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|Choose 70 units from directed courses across years four and five.|
|LAWS5003||Advanced Criminal Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (City Precinct)||10 units|
|LAWS5005||Advanced Legal Research and Writing|
This is a research dissertation course. Entry is limited to students with an average of 75% or above.
|Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5006||Child Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5009||Employment Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5010||Environmental Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5011||Equal Opportunity Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5013||Health Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5014||International Human Rights Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5015||Intellectual Property Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5016||Law Review||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5017||Legal History||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||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||Maritime and International Trade Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5028||Intermural Skills Competitions||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)|
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
|LAWS5029||Workplace Health and Safety Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5030||Legal Theory||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5031||Competition and Consumer Law||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5032||Dispute Resolution: non-litigious||Not currently offered||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||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5036||International Clinical Legal Externship||Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5037||Public Interest Advocacy||Semester 2 - 2014 (City Precinct)||10 units|
|LAWS5061||Commercial Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5063||Family Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|
|LAWS5065||Taxation Law||Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)||10 units|