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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.
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.
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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|CIND1004||Creative Collaborations||10 units|
|CMNS1000||Digital and Social Media||10 units|
|CMNS1234||Media and Communication Concepts||10 units|
|LAWS1010||Legal System and Method I||10 units|
|LAWS1011||Legal System and Method II||10 units|
|LAWS1020||Torts I||10 units|
|LAWS1021||Torts II||10 units|
|CIND2003||Strategic Creativity||10 units|
|CMNS2600||Audience Participation and Interaction||10 units|
|DESN2002||Design Thinking and Innovation||10 units|
|LAWS2030||Criminal Law and Procedure||10 units|
|CMNS3310||Communication, Creativity and Cultural Production||10 units|
|LAWS3040||Contracts I||10 units|
|LAWS3041||Contracts II||10 units|
|LAWS4001||Constitutional Law||10 units|
|LAWS4002||Administrative Law||10 units|
|LAWS4003||Civil Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS4005||Company Law||10 units|
|LAWS4007||Professional Conduct||10 units|
|LAWS4010||Equity and Trusts||10 units|
|LAWS4012||Public International Law||10 units|
Choose 80 units from directed courses across Years 4 and 5.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|LAWS5005||Advanced Legal Research and Writing||10 units|
|LAWS5010||Environmental Law||10 units|
|LAWS5013||Health Law||10 units|
|LAWS5016||Law Review||10 units|
|LAWS5017||Legal History||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5028||Competitive Mooting||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5032||Alternative Dispute Resolution||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5033||Native Title Law and Practice||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5034||Crime and Australian Society||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5036||International Clinical Legal Externship||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5039||Internet Law||10 units|
|LAWS5040||Financial Services Regulation||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5041||Mining Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5043||International Study Experience||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6016||Taxation Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6017||Family Law||10 units|
|LAWS6018||Commercial Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6019||International Human Rights Law||10 units|
|LAWS6021||Advanced Criminal Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6024||Employment Law||10 units|
|LAWS6029||Social Justice/Public Interest Clinic||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6035||Competition Law and Policy||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6037||International Environment Law and Policy||10 units|
|LAWS6038||Law and Economics of Climate Change||10 units|
|LAWS6050||Commercial Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS6085||International Trade Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6086||Intellectual Property Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6091||Special Interest Topic||10 units|
|LAWS6094||Indigenous Peoples, Issues and the Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6095||Law and Religion||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6096||Child Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6098||Equal Opportunity Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6099||Sport and the Law||10 units|
|LAWS6100||Workplace Health and Safety Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6103||International Arbitration||10 units|
|LAWS6106||Advanced Communication Skills||10 units|
|LAWS6116||Legal Innovation and Design||Not currently offered||10 units|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.