New advocates for change

Law is for those who are interested in creating real change in our society. Law professionals advocate for systemic change which has the potential to transform the lives of many.

A law degree is one of the most versatile university qualifications available. Law professionals can specialise in a range of areas including commercial, private, constitutional, criminal, civil and human rights law. There is also the option to specialise in working with people and analysing the legal system, criminals and crime.

Why study law at UON?

  • Join Australia’s premier clinical law school with opportunities to work with practising lawyers on real cases through our Newcastle Legal Centre.
  • Become a lawyer sooner with the required practical experience to be admitted to the bar. This gives you a kick start to your career and puts you at least 6 months ahead of other graduates in a similar position.
  • Study in NeW Space, our new $95 million facility in Newcastle business district, right next to the Newcastle Law Courts. Experience new-age learning and a strong community of practice.
  • Connect with industry through practical placements, guest lectures and industry visits. This is why our graduates enjoy a 92% employment rate in both practising and non-practising legal roles.

Law scholarships
Find out more about our scholarships for domestic and international students

17.6% ? employment growth over next 5 years
$152,426 ? median salary

What you can study

We understand that sometimes you don't know exactly which degree you'd like to pursue, but you know which field excites you. Use these areas of interest to narrow down your study options based on your interests and career goals.

If you have an interest in Aboriginal issues and want to advocate for this group you could focus your legal career in this area. You could be working on social, political and justice issues impacting the Aboriginal community. Working closely with Aboriginal clients you will touch on various fields of law including Aboriginal law, human rights law and constitutional law. You do not necessarily have to be a lawyer and could focus your specialist knowledge in a range of roles helping the Indigenous community.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Native Title Consultant
  • Human Rights Lawyer
  • Legal Aid Lawyer
  • Lobbyist

STUDY OPTION

  1. Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Combined)

Focusing on law alongside arts and humanities allows you to understand issues within a wider context. An understanding of how society functions will allow you to advise and advocate for a range of different groups on a range of issues. Your broad understanding of society and humanity could see you focus on criminal law, family law, social justice, anti-discrimination, copyright or human rights. You are also well placed to operate in government, political or diplomatic environments.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • International Aid Worker
  • Political Adviser
  • Criminal Lawyer
  • Witness Assistance Officer

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Combined)
  2. Bachelor of Social Science/ Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Combined)

Tackle the world’s most complex challenges and be an in-demand professional with a focus on business and law. Specialists in this area understand Australian and global legal systems but also have a deep understanding of companies including operating structures; financial systems; governance frameworks; employment and staff awards; and legislative environments. You could work in various fields of law relating to companies including corporate law, contract law, employment law, workplace health and safety, taxation law and commercial law.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Corporate Lawyer
  • Industrial Relations Officer
  • Resource and Regulatory Compliance Manager
  • Contracts Manager

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Combined)
  2. Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Combined)

Crime cuts across all facets of society. Professionals in this area defend, prosecute and attempt to understand the people involved in crime. Criminal lawyers deal with simple criminal cases like parking fines to more complex charges such as murder. They can either represent the accused or work for the Crown Prosecutor.

Criminologists on the other hand explore the social causes and consequences of crime, deviance, and criminal justice issues. Specialists in this area are not trained law professionals but investigate the social responses to crime and crime prevention, including organised crime, online crime, terrorism and violence. Criminology specialists are employed all over the world and operate in interesting roles tackling inequality, sustainability and conflict.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Criminal Lawyer
  • Correctional Services Officer
  • Security or Intelligence Officer
  • Crime Prevention Adviser

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Combined)
  2. Bachelor of Social Science (major in Criminology)

Communication and media law encompasses all legal issues affecting the media and telecommunications industries. These issues include free speech, defamation, copyright and censorship. Communications and media law used to historically affect journalists and publishers, however with the advent of the internet, blogs and social media, everyday people are just as likely to face similar legal complications. Communication and media legal professionals operate within organisations or as advisers to individuals and companies.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Communication and Media Lawyer
  • Legal Counsel
  • Political Advisor
  • Speechwriter

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Combined)

It is becoming increasingly easy for individuals to set up small businesses and get innovative ideas off the ground. Professionals in this area are versed in various aspects of law including copyright, intellectual property, trademarks and patent law. You may want to use your skills and legal knowledge to navigate the regulations and requirements of starting your own business or use your qualifications and know-how to specialise as a legal professional in the area.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Knowledge Manager
  • Patent Attorney
  • Small Business Owner
  • Trademark Registration Attorney

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Combined)
  2. Bachelor of Creative Industries / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Combined)

The world is becoming more global and the interplay of countries through trade agreements, treaties, foreign investment and governing bodies is becoming increasingly more common. Professionals in this field have a global outlook and a strong understanding of international laws surrounding economics, social justice and politics. With this background, there are opportunities to make a real difference in the areas of development, poverty and inequality.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Immigration Officer
  • Political Scientist
  • Foreign Diplomat
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer

STUDY OPTIONS

  1. Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Combined)
  2. Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Combined)

Many industries need professionals who can understand and translate complex science—and law is one of these. With the growth in scientific research and the commercialisation of new technologies, professionals with knowledge in both science and law are increasingly sought after. At the same time, with growing awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability, science/law professionals are required to work on regulation and legislation surrounding environmental protection.

CAREER EXAMPLES

  • Scientific Patent Examiner
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Regulatory Innovation Officer
  • Forensic Scientist

STUDY OPTION

  1. Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Combined)

All law degrees at UON are offered as a combined program. This means you broaden your knowledge and get two degrees in only five years of study. No matter if you want to be a practising lawyer or are interested in pursuing something else, a strong legal understanding and the ability to apply logical reasoning means that law graduates are extremely competitive for employment opportunities in a range of sectors.

Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice
You will develop an understanding of the social, political and justice issues impacting the Aboriginal community and learn how to communicate effectively with Aboriginal clients.

Bachelor of Arts
Broaden your understanding of legal issues by seeing them within a wider context choosing, for example, Arts with a History major. This combination will complement your legal knowledge with an understanding of how society functions.

Bachelor of Business
A combination of Laws with Business ensures you will have specialist in-depth legal knowledge, but also possess a strong understanding of business affairs. This is a valued and useful asset for a career such as an in-house lawyer.

Bachelor of Commerce
If numbers stimulate you, a law degree combined with Commerce will improve your understanding of important legislation that is relevant to economics, finance and accounting.

Bachelor of Communication
Some of the most powerful and influential forces within our society are the mass media and communication technology. Be on the forefront of constantly developing laws and regulations.

Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
This combination is for people who are interested in turning big ideas into new ventures, with the added understanding of the surrounding legal environment.

Bachelor of Development Studies
Development Studies focuses on key global issues in a local, national or international context. By combining this degree with law you will be able to advocate for change and make a real difference in issues like development, poverty and inequality.

Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science combination will enable you to apply your scientific knowledge to a range of legal contexts including industry, agriculture and the information revolution.

Bachelor of Social Science
The Bachelor of Social Science combination is ideal if you are interested in improving social justice, anti-discrimination and human rights.

Postgraduate degrees

Postgraduate degrees are a higher level of study that clarify and redefine your new. In most cases, but not all, you would usually complete a postgraduate qualification after your undergraduate degree.

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PhD and Research Masters

Higher degrees in research are centred on defining your new through research and discovery. Research PhDs or Masters can only be completed after the Honours component of your undergraduate degree.

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Experience

Meet Emily

Emily talks about her experience studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) combined with a Bachelor of Arts at UON.

What is law?

Learn more about the various aspects of law with Margo and Josh.

NeW Space

Take a look at what it will be like to study in NeW Space, UON's $95 million landmark education precinct under development in the heart of Newcastle's CBD. The precinct will host a range of University-supported activities including business and law programs, digital library services and information commons and collaborative learning and research spaces.