Selection Rank
92.00
TBC (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

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.

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UAC code

N/A
Newcastle City

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
Fees

AUD32,805 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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Duration

5 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 12342
CRICOS code: 038697D

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 Communication (Honours)

Program handbook

Description

Within this combined degree program, students study a combination of Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 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 Communication 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 academic requirement to practice law in NSW, and also become specialists in a field of Communication. However, students must also complete postgraduate professional training approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board to practice as a solicitor. 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. Due to timetabling issues this program is not available for a Semester 2 commencement.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

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

Details

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Program code12342
AQF level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

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

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Term typeSemesters
Fees
  • International students - AUD32,805 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
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Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code038697D

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Admission information

Admission requirements

There are a number of ways to gain entry into this program at the University of Newcastle. Students may be considered for admission on the basis of:

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

2. Completed or partly completed higher education studies;

3. TAFE qualifications;

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

5. A University approved special admission adjustment scheme:

  • Educational Access Scheme (EAS); and
  • Regional and Rural Adjustment Scheme.

6. A University approved special admission scheme:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme;
  • Elite Athletes Admission Scheme;
  • Special Circumstances Admission Scheme; and
  • 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.

There is a requirement for a minimum 7.0 IELTS result (with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest) or equivalent.


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

The Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) combined degree program is undertaken over five years of full-time study. To satisfy current degree requirements, candidates must undertake the following program comprising 160 units of Bachelor of Communication courses and 240 units of LAWS courses.  The 160 units of Bachelor of Communication courses must be comprised of 80 units of core and an 80 unit major.  Details on the Bachelor of Communication requirements can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-communication/handbook

Credit towards the Bachelor of Communication is granted for the 80 units of Bachelor of Laws (Honours) courses completed in the first three years, taking the total Bachelor of Communication units to 240 units. To meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree you must complete 240 units in the pattern indicated. The two final years of the combined degree program comprise study of LAWS courses only.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Transition arrangements

2019 Transition

The Bachelor of Communication program was revised in 2019, and amendments made for implementation in 2020. There are no changes to the structure of the program. Students in the Bachelor of Communication/ Bachelor of Laws (Honours) must complete: •    160 units of Core Laws courses; and•    80 units of Laws Directed courses; and•    80 units of Core Communication courses; and•    One 80 unit Communication Major.

From 2020, the following changes will apply: •    The Journalism major will be renamed News and Digital Media•    The Media Production major name remains the same •    The Public Relations major will be renamed Public Relations and Strategic Communication•    The Media Studies major will not be available for students who commence the program from semester 1 2020 •    Experience Creation will be introduced as a new major from 2020 For students who commenced the program prior to 2020 please refer to the 2020 Bachelor of Communication Transition Arrangements in the Additional Documents Section for more details. 

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 Communication 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

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
CIND1004Creative Collaborations
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS1000Digital and Social Media
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
CMNS1234Media and Communication Concepts
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
10 units
LAWS1010Legal System and Method I
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS1011Legal System and Method II
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS1020Torts I
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS1021Torts II
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
CIND2003Strategic Creativity
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
CMNS2600Audience Participation and Interaction
  • Trimester 1 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
10 units
DESN2002Design Thinking and Innovation
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
10 units
LAWS2030Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
CIND3000Entrepreneurship
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS3310Communication, Creativity and Cultural Production
  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS3040Contracts I
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS3041Contracts II
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4001Constitutional Law
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4002Administrative Law
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4003Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4004Evidence
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4005Company Law
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4007Professional Conduct
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4010Equity and Trusts
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4011Property
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4012Public International Law
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 80 units from directed courses across Years 4 and 5.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS5005Advanced Legal Research and WritingNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5010Environmental Law
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS5013Health Law
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5016Law Review
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (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 LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6017Family Law
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6018Commercial LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6019International Human Rights Law
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6021Advanced Criminal LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6023Jurisprudence
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6024Employment Law
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6029Social Justice/Public Interest ClinicNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6035Competition Law and PolicyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6037International Environment Law and Policy
  • Summer 2 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6038Law and Economics of Climate Change
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6050Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Winter - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6085International Trade LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6086Intellectual Property LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6091Special Interest TopicNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6094Indigenous Peoples, Issues and the LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6095Law and ReligionNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6096Child LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6098Equal Opportunity LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6099Sport and the Law
  • Semester 1 - 2021 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6100Workplace Health and Safety LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6103International Arbitration
  • Semester 2 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6106Advanced Communication Skills
  • Trimester 3 - 2021 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6116Legal Innovation and DesignNot currently offered10 units

Honours

Honours is embedded in the Law component of this program. All students who successfully complete the program will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Students who excel in their studies will have access to graded Honours, which will be calculated according to the University's policy. The policy is available at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000990.html . See Program Convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Graded Honours.


Additional information

All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

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.

Students in combined degree programs are advised to consult with the relevant Program Officers for the Faculty of Science and Information Technology and the Faculty of Business and Law regarding their academic program.


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 Faculty 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.