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

Face to Face

Program code: 12348

Study law

Studying the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at our Newcastle Law School is your passport to a career as a successful lawyer, or a range of other related legal professions. Our law courses are tailored to provide you with a study program that will prepare you for work in diverse employment contexts.

This degree is offered as a combined program which means you combine your Bachelor of Laws with another degree and get two qualifications in only five years of study. If you want to be a practising lawyer you can also complete the Diploma of Legal Practice and work in the legal system as soon as you graduate.

Our University of Newcastle Legal Centre provides hands-on experience with opportunities to work on real cases and gain essential courtroom experience.

Even if you choose not to practise law, a strong legal understanding and the ability to apply logical reasoning means that law graduates are extremely competitive for employment opportunities in a range of different career sectors.

Why study with us?

  • Our Law graduates get jobs - with 88.9% or Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice graduates securing employment within four months of completing their degree. (Overall employment rate - 2019 Graduate Outcomes Survey).
  • The Law School is Australia’s premier clinical law school - offering advanced programs, training and mentoring from world-class academics and practicing legal professionals.
  • Get two degrees plus a Diploma in less time  - the combined law degree with the added option to complete the Diploma of Legal Practice means you will complete three qualifications in only five years of study, and you can practise law without any further study.
  • Study in state-of-the-art facilities - NUspace, located in Newcastle’s CBD, provides the optimum environment for you to excel in your studies.
  • Build your networks - The Law Students' Association (UNLSA) is at the heart of the student community and allows you to form relationships to help you at uni and beyond.
88.9% Employed ? for Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice within four months
World top 300 ? for law
No.1 in Australia ? for Quality of Overall Experience, Learning Resources, Skills Development and Teaching Quality Skills
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What you will study

When you study a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree at the University of Newcastle you will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a second Bachelor level degree in just five years of full-time study. This means that you will have the opportunity to study a diverse range of courses in law, your second degree and chosen major.

Whether you choose to practise law or pursue another career, the skills and extensive knowledge you acquire through this combined degree will be invaluable. You will graduate with skills and experience in:

  • advanced research
  • advocacy
  • analytical problem solving
  • high-level task management
  • negotiation
  • oral and written communication

You will learn and develop these skills by studying courses in various aspects of law including:

  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Evidence
  • Equity and trusts
  • Administrative law
  • Property law
  • Contract law

All students who successfully complete their Bachelor of Laws will graduate with Honours at a level determined by your academic achievement across the whole course of study. You will receive in-depth training in legal research techniques, and be equipped with advanced skills suitable for high-level legal research work or further academic study.

Combined options

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree program is offered as a five-year full-time program in combination with another degree that interests you.

  1. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  2. Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  3. Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  4. Bachelor of Communication / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  5. Bachelor of Criminology / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  6. Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  7. Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  8. Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  9. Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  10. Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Advanced study options

Law graduates who want to practise law in Australia need to complete a practical legal training course.

You can choose to do this practical legal training course as part of the last two years of your combined law degree through enrolling in our Diploma in Legal Practice. The Practice Program is integrated into the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree and you can still complete the degree in five years.

With this qualification we are the only Law School in New South Wales where you can be admitted as a certified practising lawyer with no further study or practical experience. We are also the only Law School in Australia where you meet the practical experience requirements to practise nationally through our in-house legal advice clinic and external placements.

Diploma of Legal Practice Handbook

Practical experience

Professional placement

Newcastle Law School runs its own legal centre and directly offers students the opportunity to complete their practical legal training and much of the supervised clinical legal experience required to qualify to practise law.

Those students who choose to complete the Diploma of Legal Practice while studying their combined Law degree undertake 285 hours of legal professional workplace experience. A minimum of 105 hours of that practical experience is undertaken at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC), under the supervision of the Law School’s solicitors – either in the legal centre itself or as part of our ‘Law on the Beach’ program during the summer term. Students have intensive interaction with clients and extensive real client casework including drafting letters, submissions, undertaking research, drafting court documents and appearing in court with a UNLC lawyer. This is very attractive to potential employers and gives Newcastle graduates a significant advantage.

Placement organisations

Law School staff also assist students to arrange external placements to make up the remaining 180 professional training hours required to qualify to practise as a lawyer. The Law School arranges external practical legal training placements for all students who seek assistance in organising their placement during the final year of the program. Students are offered a variety of legal environments from small private firms to large government organisations. Some examples of placement locations include:

  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Legal Aid
  • Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
  • SWS Lawyers
  • Sessions Legal
  • Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Our Bachelor of Laws and Diploma of Legal Practice are accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board of New South Wales. Students who choose to complete the Diploma of Legal Practice while studying their combined Law degree complete all of the academic study, practical legal training and supervised workplace experience necessary to apply to practice as a lawyer, subject to the ‘fit and proper person’ test. For more details on that test, see the Legal Profession Admission Board’s ‘Guide for Applicants’, or for specific inquiries please contact the LPAB.Legal Profession Admission Board of New South Wales

After taking some additional steps to satisfy the relevant accreditation requirements, our graduates can also practise law in a number of other common law countries. If you are potentially interested in undertaking our JD/GDLP and then practising law in one of the following common law countries, we suggest you consult with the indicated websites.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

In 2018, 94.7% of our Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice graduates went on to secure jobs in a diverse range of areas within four months of graduating. Take a look at the options below to find out more about your career opportunities with your law degree.

The following list provides some example jobs available to graduates of a Bachelor of Laws/Diploma of Legal Practice. Some of these jobs will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, while some may require further study.

  • Barrister
  • Compliance Officer
  • Corporate Lawyer
  • Criminal Lawyer
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Family Lawyer
  • Foreign Affairs and Trade Officer
  • Human Rights Lawyer
  • Industrial Relations Lawyer
  • Judge's Associate
  • Law Clerk/Paralegal
  • Lawyer
  • Legal Aid Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Mediator
  • Parliamentarian/Member of Parliament/Politician
  • Patent Attorney/Technical Advisor
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Political Advisor
  • Resource and Regulatory Compliance Manager
  • Scientific Patent Examiner/Technical Advisor
  • Trade Union Official
  • University Lecturer/Academic

Undertaking studies in law not only prepares graduates for a career in the legal profession but a huge variety of other roles in sectors ranging from government and business to media and the arts. Graduates often find that this qualification provides a competitive advantage when applying for a variety of roles as many employers value its emphasis on analytical thinking and logical reasoning. Listed below is a sample of some of these job titles.

  • Child Protection Officer
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Contracts Manager
  • Court Officer
  • Ethicist
  • Fisheries Officer
  • Immigration Officer
  • Industrial Relations Officer
  • International Aid/Development Worker
  • Journalist
  • Knowledge Manager/Knowledge Management Worker
  • Native Title Consultant
  • Policy Officer/Analyst
  • Political Scientist
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Speechwriter
  • Witness Assistance Officer

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