The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


5000 level

Course handbook


This course develops knowledge and skills in the processes of writing, editing, publication and marketing for legal publishing. Through work on the School's journal, The Newcastle Law Review, students are exposed to the publication process and gain practical experience in all stages of legal publishing, including research, writing and practical tasks.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Promote and further develop skills in legal writing

2. Promote and further develop skills in legal research

3. Promote and further develop communication skills with contributors


The course will comprise both supervised research and writing and practical tasks.

  • Supervised Research and Writing

Supervised writing of a case note (3000 words) and a book review (1000 words), with the potential for their actual publication in The Newcastle Law Review according to the merit.

  • Practical Tasks
  • Editing:

Email correspondence with contributors.

Facilitating the referee process

Copy editing

  • Publishing:

Formatting and layout

Deadline enforcement

  • Marketing:

Maintenance of client databases



This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS1010, LAWS1011, LAWS1020, LAWS1021, LAWS2030, LAWS3040, and LAWS3041.

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Practical Tasks

Written Assignment: Case Note

Written Assignment: Book Review

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 36 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

1 scheduled hour per week plus additional individually supervised hours