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Duration5 years full-time.5 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
FeesFind information about indicative course and program fees.
English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 7.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 023104B
Program Code40150
Selection Rank
96.93 (Median SR)
This was the minimum selection rank for recent school leaver offers this year. It may change next year.
Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Currently enrolled, continuing students looking for the previous version of this program should refer back to the: Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (pre 2018)

For additional information about this degree you can refer to the pages for the corresponding single degrees:
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined, and Bachelor of Arts

Program handbook


Within this combined degree program, students study a combination of Arts and Law courses over a period of five years full-time. On completion of the first three years students will have completed all the courses required for the Bachelor of Arts degree. In the final two years of the combined degree program students complete the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and may enrol in these two years on a less than full time basis.

Students completing this combined degree meet the requirements to practise law in NSW, and acquire skills and knowledge through the Arts studies they have chosen. You can choose majors/minors in the following course areas (subject to change):

  • Ancient History & Classical Languages
  • Chinese (Minor only)
  • Creative & Performing Arts
  • Education
  • English & Writing
  • Film, Media & Cultural Studies
  • French Studies (Beginner Sequence)
  • French Studies (Intermediate Sequence)
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies (Minor only)
  • German
  • Global Indigenous Studies
  • History
  • Human Geography & the Environment
  • Information Technology (Minor only)
  • Japanese Studies (Beginner Sequence)
  • Japanese Studies (Intermediate Sequence)
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Psychology Studies
  • Sociology & Anthropology
  • Violence Studies (Minor only)
  • Writing Studies (Minor only)

Students wishing to practise law must also complete postgraduate professional training approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board. Alternatively, students completing this degree may apply for entry to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice Program - see separate handbook entry - which allows immediate admission to legal practice on graduation.

Commencement in this program is only available in Semester 1.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Skills to provide professional advice, based on specialised knowledge of law and its application in diverse contexts, to employers, government and individual clients.


Information correct as at26 Oct 2021 3:33 am
Program code40150
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 5 years full-time.
  • International students - 5 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Newcastle City Precinct92.0096.93

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Term typeSemesters
  • International students - AUD31,545 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
    Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code023104B

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Admission information

Admission requirements

There are a number of ways to gain entry to the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program at the University of Newcastle. Students may be considered for admission on the basis of:

1.1.1. NSW HSC or equivalent - irrespective of age of qualification;

1.1.2. Completed or partly completed higher education studies;

1.1.3. TAFE qualifications;

1.1.4. Overseas qualifications equivalent to Australian studies (International);

1.1.5 A University approved special admission adjustment factor scheme:

        i. Educational Access Scheme (EAS); and

       ii. Regional and Rural Adjustment Scheme.

1.1.6. A University approved special admission scheme:

      i. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme;

     ii. Elite Athletes Admission Scheme;

    iii. Special Circumstances Admission Scheme; and

    iv. Guaranteed Entry Admission Scheme.

Students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 7.0 with no subtest result below 6.0.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

400 units

Program duration

5 years full-time.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

Students must complete 400 units of courses to be awarded the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree.

Students must complete 30 units of core courses for the Bachelor of Arts plus one of the single major pathways A or C specified in the Bachelor of Arts program handbook.

Students must also complete 160 units of core courses and 80 units of directed courses for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Further information on this program is in the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program handbook.

Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Transition arrangements

Changes to Law Core Courses - 2020

From 2020, the following Law core courses have been replaced as listed below:

  • LAWS1001A and B replaced with LAWS1010 legal System and Method I and LAWS1020 Torts I
  • LAWS2001A and B replaced with LAWS2030 Criminal Law and Procedure and LAWS4001 Consitutional Law
  • LAWS3001A and B replaced with LAWS3040 Contracts I and LAWS3041 Contracts II

Important Information for Students who commenced in this program prior to 2021

This program was revised in 2020 for 2021 implementation. Students should refer to both the Bachelor of Laws (Hons) Transition Arrangements and Bachelor of Arts Transition Arrangements.

Changes to Law Directed Courses - 2021

Some 5000 Level LAWS Directed courses have been replaced with 6000 Level LAWS Directed courses in 2021. All 5000 and 6000 Level LAWS Directed courses completed prior to 2021 will continue to count toward completion of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses - Law

Students must complete all of the core courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS1010Legal System and Method I
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS1011Legal System and Method II
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS1020Torts I
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS1021Torts II
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS2030Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS3040Contracts I
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS3041Contracts II
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4001Constitutional Law
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4002Administrative Law
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4003Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4005Company Law
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4007Professional Conduct
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4010Equity and Trusts
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4012Public International Law
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units

Core Courses - Arts

Students must complete all the core courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
HASS1000BA Futures
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
HASS2000BA Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
HASS3000BA Project
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units

Directed Courses - Law

Students must choose 80 units from the directed course list

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS5010Environmental Law
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5013Health LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5016Law Review
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5017Legal HistoryNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5028Competitive MootingNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5032Alternative Dispute ResolutionNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5033Native Title Law and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5034Crime and Australian SocietyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5036International Clinical Legal ExternshipNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5039Internet LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5040Financial Services RegulationNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5041Mining LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5043International Study ExperienceNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6016Taxation Law
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6017Family Law
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6018Commercial LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6019International Human Rights LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6021Advanced Criminal LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6023JurisprudenceNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6024Employment Law
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6029Social Justice/Public Interest ClinicNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6035Competition Law and PolicyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6037International Environment Law and PolicyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6038Law and Economics of Climate Change
  • Winter - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
LAWS6043Advanced Legal Research Project
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
LAWS6050Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Winter - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6085International Trade LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6086Intellectual Property Law
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
LAWS6091Special Interest Topic
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6094Indigenous Peoples, Issues and the Law
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6095Law and Religion
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6096Child Law
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6098Equal Opportunity Law
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6099Sport and the LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6100Workplace Health and Safety LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6103International ArbitrationNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6106Advanced Communication SkillsNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6116Legal Innovation and DesignNot currently offered10 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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.