Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
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1st Oct 2016 8:00pm
Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
Locations and UAC Codes
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 5 years full time.
International - 5 years full time.
Relevant University rules and policies
The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program is for continuing students only.
The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree is offered as a five year full-time program offered in combination with other degree programs: Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Communication, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Social Science. The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree meets the academic requirements needed to gain admission to the practice of law in New South Wales. As well as providing the academic basis for admission to legal practice, law is now regarded as a useful general education, fostering understanding of how society functions, and developing skills of analytical and logical reasoning.During the first three years, combined degree students enrol in the courses offered by the Faculty of Business and Law as part of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB (Hons)), as well as courses within other Faculties to complete one of the seven degrees taken in combination with the LLB(Hons). During the final two years they enrol in LAWS courses only. For information about the non-Law degrees and patterns of study for the combined degrees, refer to the relevant program entries.
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There are a number of ways to gain entry to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program at the University of Newcastle. Students may be considered for admission on the basis of:1.1.1. NSW HSC or equivalent - irrespective of age of qualification;1.1.2. Completed or partly completed higher education studies;1.1.3. TAFE qualifications;1.1.4. Overseas qualifications equivalent to Australian studies (International);1.1.5 A University approved special admission bonus points scheme:i. Educational Access Scheme (EAS); andii. Regional and Rural Bonus Points Scheme.1.1.6. A University approved special admission scheme:i. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme;ii. Elite Athletes Admission Scheme;iii. Special Circumstances Admission Scheme; andiv. Guaranteed Entry Admission Scheme.
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who do not speak English as a first language 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 at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438
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, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
5 years full time up to 8 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
Students entering the graduate entry program (LLB(Hons)) will receive 80 units credit towards the LLB(Hons) program.Graduate Law students complete four core program LAWS courses during their first year of study. These core program courses are: Legal System and Method, Torts, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Contracts.Once students have completed these four core program courses, the LLB (Honours) program diverges into two streams: the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) where students undertake traditional law studies with a wide choice of directed courses; 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. The Professional Program must be completed full-time. Admission to the Professional Program is competitive. See the separate Program Handbook entry for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Diploma of Legal Practice for further information on that program.
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.
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 at the top of this page.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|LAWS1001A||Legal System and Method - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS1001B||Legal Systems and Method - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS1003A||Torts - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS1003B||Torts - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS2004A||Criminal Law & Procedure - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS2004B||Criminal Law and Procedure - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS3004A||Contracts - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS3004B||Contracts - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS4001||Constitutional Law||10 units|
|LAWS4002||Administrative Law||10 units|
|LAWS4003||Civil Procedure||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 70 units from the following directed courses
|LAWS5003||Advanced Criminal Law||10 units|
|LAWS5005||Adv Legal Research and Writing||10 units|
|LAWS5006||Child Law||10 units|
|LAWS5009||Employment Law||10 units|
|LAWS5010||Environmental Law||10 units|
|LAWS5011||Equal Opportunity Law||10 units|
|LAWS5013||Health Law||10 units|
|LAWS5014||International Human Rights Law||10 units|
|LAWS5015||Intellectual Property Law||10 units|
|LAWS5017||Legal History||10 units|
|LAWS5024||Indigenous People, Issues and The Law||10 units|
|LAWS5030||Legal Theory||10 units|
|LAWS5031||Competition Law and Policy||10 units|
|LAWS5032||Alternative Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS5034||Crime and Australian Society||10 units|
|LAWS5035||Law and Religion||10 units|
|LAWS5036||International Clinical Legal Externship||10 units|
|LAWS5037||Public Interest Advocacy||10 units|
|LAWS5041||Mining Law||10 units|
|LAWS5042||Commercial Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS5043||International Study Experience||10 units|
|LAWS5061||Commercial Law||10 units|
|LAWS5063||Family Law||10 units|
|LAWS5065||Taxation Law||10 units|
Honours is embedded in the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) 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.
Program Learning Outcomes
- 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.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
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 http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided 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. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.