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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.
There is no direct entry into this program - entry is via transfer from the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Combined degree after completion of the non-law part of your degree. Students looking to study law without a combined degree should refer to our Juris Doctor (JD) / Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program. All undergraduate law degrees at the University of Newcastle are combined degrees.
The Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice is offered by the Newcastle Law School. Information on the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) programs is included here to provide background context for this program.
The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program is offered only as a combined degree with the:
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Criminology
- Bachelor of Communication
- Bachelor of Development Studies
- Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies
- Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Bachelor of Science or
- Bachelor of Social Science.
The Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice degree meets the academic requirements needed to gain admission to the practice of law in New South Wales.
During the first three years, combined degree students enrol in the courses offered by the Newcastle Law School as part of the LLB (Hons) program, as well as courses which contribute to their non-Law program. During the final two years students enrol in LAWS courses only. For information about the non-Law programs and recommended enrolment patterns for individual combined degrees, refer to the relevant program handbooks.
Upon completion of their non-Law program students will be automatically transferred into the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice for their final two years of Law studies. Students who wish to instead transfer into the Bachelor Laws (Honours) should consult the Program Convenor.
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.
- Recognise Law as a dynamic discipline requiring professional lifelong learning and skill development.
- Demonstrate the technical and cognitive skills required to plan and conduct advanced legal research tasks independently.
- Demonstrate the technical and cognitive skills required to plan and conduct advanced legal research tasks in collaboration with others.
- Apply critical thinking skills to analyse the formation, content and operation of the law.
- Apply lateral thinking to solve legal problems through the range of available dispute resolution mechanisms.
- Demonstrate advanced oral communication skills.
- Demonstrate advanced written communication skills.
- Recognise the importance of acting as a professional advocate for the rule of law.
- Apply professional skills to the maintenance and reform of the legal system.
- Understand and uphold the highest ethical standards in discharging responsibilities to clients, other professionals, the courts and the public.
- Understand, evaluate and critically reflect upon the interaction of law and society.
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The Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice Program is only available to students who have met the requirements for their non-Law degree and are currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program at the University of Newcastle.
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.
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.
Compulsory program requirements
First year of the program – 105 hours at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre (made up of advice clinics and placement days working on client matters, all under the supervision of UNLC lawyers).
Second year of the program – 180 hours with an external provider (these are arranged by the UNLC placement officer, or students can arrange their own subject to approval by the Director of the Program).
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
All students complete 80 units of core program LAWS courses consisting of Legal System and Method, Torts, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Contracts. Once students have completed these core program courses, the LLB (Hons) program diverges into two streams: the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (the LLB(Hons) Program), in which students undertake traditional law studies; and the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice, (the Professional Program), which merges traditional undergraduate law teaching with practical legal training and experience.
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) students who wish to practise law need to complete a postgraduate professional program approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board. Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice graduates are eligible to apply for admission to practise as a legal practitioner without further study.
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.
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
Changes to 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.
Changes to Program Requirements - 2022
Students who commence from 2022 onward will be required to complete:
- 220 units of Core courses (due to the addition of LAWS6888 Workplace Experience 1 to the Core course requirements); and
- 60 units of Directed courses
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|
|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|
|LAWS2030||Criminal Law and Procedure||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|
|LAWS4054A||Legal Practice 1 - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS4054B||Legal Practice 1 - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS4055A||Legal Practice 2 - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS4055B||Legal Practice 2 - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS6118||Final-Year Workplace Experience||10 units|
|LAWS6888||Workplace Experience 1||10 units|
Choose 60 units from the following directed courses
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|LAWS5010||Environmental Law||10 units|
|LAWS5013||Health Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5016||Law Review||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||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5040||Financial Services Regulation||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS5043||International Study Experience||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6016||Taxation Law||10 units|
|LAWS6017||Family Law||10 units|
|LAWS6018||Commercial Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6019||International Human Rights Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6021||Advanced Criminal Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6023||Jurisprudence||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||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6038||Law and Economics of Climate Change||10 units|
|LAWS6043||Advanced Legal Research Project||10 units|
|LAWS6050||Commercial Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS6085||International Trade Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6086||Intellectual Property Law||10 units|
|LAWS6091||Special Interest Topic||10 units|
|LAWS6094||Indigenous Peoples, Issues and the Law||10 units|
|LAWS6095||Law and Religion||10 units|
|LAWS6096||Child Law||10 units|
|LAWS6098||Equal Opportunity Law||10 units|
|LAWS6099||Sport and the Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6100||Workplace Health and Safety Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6103||International Arbitration||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6106||Advanced Communication Skills||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6112||Food and Wine Law||10 units|
|LAWS6114||Negotiation in a Legal Context||10 units|
|LAWS6116||Legal Innovation and Design||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6119||Renewable Energy Law Clinic||10 units|
Honours is embedded in the 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 the Program Convenor for further information regarding eligibility for Graded Honours.
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.
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 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.
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