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Duration3 years full-time.3 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
Program Code12348
Selection Rank
97.80 (Median SR)
This was the minimum selection rank for recent school leaver offers this year. It may change next year.
Entry requirements

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.

Program handbook


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 Arts
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Criminology
  • Bachelor of Development Studies
  • Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies
  • Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • 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 Newcastle Law School as part of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB (Hons)), as well as courses across the University to complete one of the ten programs 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 handbooks.

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.


Information correct as at19 Oct 2021 3:38 am
Program code12348
AQF level

Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 3 years full-time.
Selection Rank
LocationSelection RankMedian
Newcastle City Precinct92.0097.80

This program is new for 2022, there is currently no commencing student profile available.

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  • International students - AUD31,800 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
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Admission information

Admission requirements

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); and

         ii. Regional and Rural Adjustment 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; and

      iv. Guaranteed Entry Admission Scheme.

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.

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 for more information on applying for credit.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

240 units

Program duration

3 years full-time.

Program requirements

LLB (Hons) combined degree students usually complete four core program LAWS courses during their first three years 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.

Transition arrangements

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.

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
LAWS1010Legal System and Method I
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS1011Legal System and Method II
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS1020Torts I
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS1021Torts II
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS2030Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS3040Contracts I
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS3041Contracts II
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4001Constitutional Law
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4002Administrative Law
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4003Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4005Company Law
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4007Professional Conduct
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4010Equity and Trusts
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS4012Public International Law
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 80 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS5010Environmental Law
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5013Health LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5016Law Review
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS5017Legal HistoryNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5028Competitive MootingNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5032Alternative Dispute ResolutionNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5033Native Title Law and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5034Crime and Australian SocietyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5036International Clinical Legal ExternshipNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5039Internet LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5040Financial Services RegulationNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5041Mining LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS5043International Study ExperienceNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6016Taxation Law
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6017Family Law
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6018Commercial LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6019International Human Rights LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6021Advanced Criminal LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6023JurisprudenceNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6024Employment Law
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6029Social Justice/Public Interest ClinicNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6035Competition Law and PolicyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6037International Environment Law and PolicyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6038Law and Economics of Climate Change
  • Winter - 2022 (Online)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
LAWS6043Advanced Legal Research Project
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
LAWS6050Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Winter - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6085International Trade LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6086Intellectual Property Law
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
10 units
LAWS6091Special Interest Topic
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6094Indigenous Peoples, Issues and the Law
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6095Law and Religion
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6096Child Law
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6098Equal Opportunity Law
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6099Sport and the LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6100Workplace Health and Safety LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6103International ArbitrationNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6106Advanced Communication SkillsNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6116Legal Innovation and DesignNot currently offered10 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.

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

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 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.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.