Emily talks about her experience studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) combined with a Bachelor of Arts at UON.
5 years full-time.
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.
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.
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:
You will learn and develop these skills by studying courses in various aspects of law including:
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.
The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree program is offered as a five-year full-time program in combination with another degree that interests you.
Newcastle Law School is the only law school in Australia that both 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.
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:
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.
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.
In 2016, 92% of our law graduates went on to secure jobs in a diverse range of areas. 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.
Graduates are also able to use the transferable skills gained in their studies to work outside the field of Law. In some instances, further study and/or work experience may be required.
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.