Newcastle Law School
Newcastle Law School is Australia’s leading clinical law school. Our distinctive Practice Program integrates the academic study of law with hands-on clinical experience and practical training. Students work with real clients under the supervision of legal practitioners at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre. They provide legal outreach clinics in our community, including our unique ‘Law on the Beach’ program. Our clinical program helps to ensure that our law graduates enjoy some of the best employment outcomes in Australia.
All undergraduate students complete a combined degree program, which can include an integrated Diploma in Legal Practice. We also offer a unique Juris Doctor, which can include an integrated Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. We offer a range of overseas experiences through our global education program in law. Our students have undertaken intensive study and clinical experiences in countries such as Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Cook Islands. Through supportive programs, our students gain the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to be global lawyers.
We welcome many students from regional and remote areas of Australia and a growing number of students from other countries choose to study at Newcastle Law School, especially in our Juris Doctor and PhD programs.
In 2017 the Law School moves to NeW Space, a landmark $95 million educational precinct in vibrant downtown Newcastle, steps away from a new high-tech courthouse and the city’s leading law firms. NeW Space features state of the art learning and teaching facilities and ready access to cafes, restaurants and glorious local beaches.
The Newcastle Law School's Juris Doctor and Master of Laws programs are cutting edge law degrees featuring high quality teaching, flexible study options and a thriving student community. The Master of Laws (LLM) is designed for law graduates and legal practitioners who seek to advance their legal knowledge and professional skills. The Juris Doctor (JD) is an internationally recognised graduate law qualification for students looking for legal careers or admission to legal practice in Australia.
Since 1994, the University of Newcastle Law Students' Association (UNLSA) has promoted the interests of Newcastle law students within the University, the legal profession and the wider community. The UNLSA is an active student group participating in many legal competitions, including mooting, witness examination and negotiation, and professional and social events.