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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

5 years full-time.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
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

UON program code: 12347
CRICOS code: 032798C

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.

Program handbook

Description

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice is offered by the Faculty of Business and Law. 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 Aboriginal Professional Practice
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Development 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 Faculty of Business and Law 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 entries.

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.

Details

Information correct as at18th Nov 2017 11:49pm
Program code12347
Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 5 years full-time.
  • International students - 5 years full-time.
ATAR (2017)
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Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Business and Law
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Law School
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CRICOS Code032798C

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Admission information

Admission requirements

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.

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 and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.


Compulsory program requirements

It is a requirement that students complete a total of 360 hours professional placement which includes at least 90 hours at the UoN Legal Centre.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

440 units

Program duration

5 years full-time.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program requirements

All students complete 80 units of core program LAWS courses consisting of Legal System and Method, Torts, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Contracts. Graduate Law students would complete these courses in their first year of study.

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.


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.

Additional documents


Transition arrangements

1. No students will be disadvantaged by the change to the program as all existing courses will still be offered as part of the new program.

2. The current third and fourth year cohorts will be 'taught out' as LLB students.

3. The current first and second year students will have their programs converted to LLB (Honours) programs, as they will be able to begin the research component from 2014.

4. Current students who came into the LLB as graduate entrants, and current students in third and fourth year, will have access to the existing transitional provisions regarding graded Honours.

5. Students will be advised in writing of the changes to the programs.


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
LAWS1001ALegal System and Method - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1001BLegal Systems and Method - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS1003ATorts - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS1003BTorts - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS2004ACriminal Law & Procedure - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS2004BCriminal Law and Procedure - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS3004AContracts - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS3004BContracts - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4001Constitutional Law
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4002Administrative Law
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4003Civil Procedure
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4004Evidence
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4005Company Law
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4007Professional Conduct
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4010Equity and Trusts
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4011Property
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS4012Public International Law
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4054ALegal Practice 1 - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4054BLegal Practice 1 - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4055ALegal Practice 2 - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4055BLegal Practice 2 - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5061Commercial Law
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5063Family Law
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 50 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS5003Advanced Criminal Law
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5005Adv Legal Research and Writing
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5006Child Law
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5009Employment Law
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5010Environmental Law
  • Summer 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Summer 2 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5011Equal Opportunity Law
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Winter - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5013Health Law
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5014International Human Rights Law
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5015Intellectual Property Law
  • Summer 3 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Summer 1 - 2019 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Winter - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5016Law ReviewNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5017Legal HistoryNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5021Sport and the Law
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5024Indigenous People, Issues and The Law
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5027International Trade Law
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5028Competitive Mooting
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5029Workplace Health and Safety Law
  • Winter - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5030Jurisprudence
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5031Competition Law and Policy
  • Winter - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5032Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5033Native Title Law and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5034Crime and Australian SocietyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5035Law and Religion
  • Summer 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5036International Clinical Legal Externship
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Summer 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5037Public Interest Advocacy
  • Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
10 units
LAWS5039Internet Law
  • Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5040Financial Services RegulationNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5041Mining Law
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5042Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5043International Study Experience
  • Trimester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2017 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Summer 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5044International Environmental Law and PolicyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5065Taxation Law
  • Summer 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units

Honours

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.


Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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.


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