The Bachelor of Laws (Combined) offered at the University of Newcastle is your passport to a career as a lawyer and a range of other exciting legal professions.

Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor of Social Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) will:

Bachelor of Social Science

1. Advanced social research skills: In-depth knowledge and skills in the design and conduct of social research. The capacity to collect, organise, critically assess, and present information in written and oral forms.

2. Specialist Social Science knowledge: Comprehensive knowledge of one or more specialist areas in the Social Sciences.

3. Critical thought and informed decision-making: The ability to structure and present logical arguments, critically analyse material and opinions, and make informed decisions.

4. Effective management and teamwork skills: The ability to work autonomously and collaboratively, including effective leadership skills, teamwork, organisational and program management capabilities.

5. High-level communication, interpersonal and presentation skills: Advanced level of written, oral, and interpersonal skills, including the effective use of information and communication technologies.

6. Ethical and socio-cultural sensitivity: An understanding of ethical issues, standards, and public responsibility in relation to professional practice, including an appreciation of cultural diversity and sensitivity towards vulnerable and Indigenous groups.

Bachelor of Laws

1. Graduates will be equipped to provide high quality service to employers, government, and individual clients, by demonstrating a capacity to engage in legal research; high level ability in analysis; skills in lateral thinking and problem-solving which enable the provision of appropriate advice and solutions over a range of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms; superior verbal and written communication skills; critical thinking and reflective engagement with legal material

2. Graduates of the LLB will be equipped to act as an advocate for the rule of law.

3. Graduates of the LLB will be equipped to accept responsibility to play a constructive role in the maintenance and reform of the legal system.

4. Graduates of the LLB will be equipped to uphold the highest ethical standards in discharging his/her responsibilities to clients, other professionals, the courts and the public

5. Graduates of the LLB will be equipped to pursue lifelong learning in a dynamic discipline.

6. Graduates of the LLB will be equipped to understand, evaluate and critically reflect upon the interaction of law and society.

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Careers by major

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.

Generalist Options

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.

Practical experience Achievers