A combined law degree at the University of Newcastle and graduate with diverse, employable skills that place you in the optimal position for career success.

Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Why study with us?

"The law degree at Newcastle is extremely unique. Not only do you finish your degree within 5 years, you also graduate as a qualified solicitor." - Georgia

 The Bachelor of Laws (Honours), also referred to as an LLB, is your passport to a career as a lawyer or a range of other related professions. The laws degree is a five year degree, studied in combination with another undergraduate degree.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree you will be highly competitive in the marketplace. Our law graduates consistently earn starting salaries above the national average and are in demand with 95% of students from our Professional Program securing full-time employment or pursuing further studies within four months of graduating.*

The University of Newcastle law degree has a strong focus on real-world experience, allowing students to build practical skills such as client interviewing, mooting and courtroom practice through the University of Newcastle Legal Centre.

Even if you choose not to practice law, a law degree will enhance your other tertiary qualifications and make you a competitive graduate. Employers recognise that as a law graduate you have an excellent work ethic, strong communication skills, and can apply analytical and logical reasoning to solve problems.*2013 Australian Graduate Survey

Two degrees in less time

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree program is offered as a five year full-time program - for those who do not already have a Bachelor degree - in combination with another degree that interests you. 

In today's competitive employment market, employers are looking for highly qualified graduates with a wide range of skills. Therefore, it goes without saying that two degrees are better than one.

Hands-on from the start

The Newcastle Law School's strong focus on experiential legal education integrates the academic study of law with hands-on, clinical practice and professional training.

Students work with real clients and cases at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre and undertake work placement opportunities in the many law firms and organisations in the Hunter region and beyond. Our international immersion tours and placement opportunities run annually to countries such as Thailand and Japan, where you gain an understanding of the legal issues in these countries, as well as an introduction to cultures and customs.

As a student of the Newcastle Law School you will have the chance to work in a team with a supervising lawyer to provide advice to real clients during our annual  Law on the Beach  clinic.Law on the Beach allows you to gain practical experience by working on real cases from community members at drop-in clinics at Newcastle Beach, throughout January and February each year.

Practice as soon as you graduate

In your last two years of your combined law degree you can choose to study our Bachelor of Laws (Practice) Program to gain a Diploma of Legal Practice and enable you to be admitted as a lawyer in Australia. 

The Newcastle Law School is the only Law School in New South Wales where upon completion of your studies you can be a certified practicing lawyer, saving you time and money by not having to sit the bar exams.

Personalised learning environment 

When you study law at Newcastle Law School you will experience a friendly and supportive learning environment. You will benefit from a comfortable student-teacher ratio, which creates a personalised learning environment, and you can expect:

  • Small tutorial sizes
  • Dedicated and accessible teachers
  • First-name terms with academic staff
  • A tight-knit student community

You will also have access to a range of support services and exceptional facilities including a mock court room and purpose built client interview rooms.

Join a vibrant student body

The Law Students' Association (UNLSA) is the heart of the student community at Newcastle Law School. The UNLSA builds a strong relationship between students and staff by creating a positive culture and spirit of collegiality.

From student advocacy and careers information, to competitions and social events, the UNLSA is committed to enhancing your experience at the University of Newcastle. Annual UNLSA events include:

  • Mooting (mock trials)
  • Negotiating and client interview competitions
  • Sport competitions
  • Social events, including the much anticipated annual Law Ball

What you will study