Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


In Semester 2, 2020, the Special Interest Topic will be the Community Legal Development Project. In this course, students will – individually or in small groups – complete one or more projects that engage with and benefit the community. This semester, the Course will be divided into two streams and students will select one or the other. These streams are:

(1) The Indigenous Business Project: students will assist in developing a practical how-to handbook of legal tools specifically tailored to supporting local and regional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses to being successful economically and, especially, culturally; students will engage with Indigenous business owners and operators to provide – clinic-style, in consultation with one of our solicitors and/or other experts – direct legal support.

(2) The Asia Pacific Clearinghouse Project: students will assist in developing the Newcastle Law School as a resource centre for providing law-related advice to Asia Pacific nations who, due to funding restraints, at times are unable to research and resolve legal questions in areas that impact them; students will engage in outreach with lawyers and government officials in Asia Pacific nations, will develop core materials for the Project and will, availability permitting, provide direct advice and support for one or more governments.

Note that enrolment is capped; expressions of interest should be emailed to Dr Kevin Sobel-Read: kevin.sobel-read@newcastle.edu.au

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2021
  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the content of the particular topic area.

2. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the law and concepts relative to the particular topic area.

3. Demonstrate specialised cognitive skills in the oral and written presentation of assessment tasks to the academic supervisor, NLS academic staff and NLS students based on the course materials.

4. Demonstrate mastery of relevant theoretical knowledge and expert ability to analyse and synthesise complex information, problems and concepts in the particular topic area.

5. Analyse and critically evaluate developments in the particular topic area that contribute to professional practice.


The course content will vary with the particular topic area chosen as of special interest to the student and supervisor.

A written schedule of lecture topics will be provided in the Course Outline in Week 1 of the semester in which the course is offered.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Master of Laws, or a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) combined program.

Assumed knowledge

For Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice students:

LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.

Assessment items

Participation: Participation and Engagement

Presentation: Presentation / Reflective Writing/Video

Project: Project Portfolio

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

To be arranged between student/s and the supervising academic on the basis that there will be a minimum of 13 hours face to face during the semester and other learning methods in relation to professional practice of the legal topic area.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.