The University of Newcastle, Australia
Location

Newcastle City

Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
  • Winter - 15 Jun 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Fees

Please click here to view the indicative program fees for Year 1, in which full-time students undertake 80 units. In years 2 and 3 full-time students undertake 100 units and so the cost for those years is higher.

Duration

3 years full-time.

Location

Newcastle City

Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
  • Winter - 15 Jun 2020
Fees

Please click here to view the indicative program fees for Year 1, in which full-time students undertake 80 units. In years 2 and 3 full-time students undertake 100 units and so the cost for those years is higher.

Duration

3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.5

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UON program code: 12334
CRICOS code: 079631E

Program handbook

Description

The Juris Doctor and the embedded Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice is designed for those looking for admission into legal practice in Australia. The Juris Doctor (JD) is to be studied concurrently with the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, allowing students to develop both high level academic and legal skills, whilst also providing practical and real world experience. Offered at a postgraduate level, the Newcastle JD prepares graduates with strong work ready skills and extensive knowledge to become a leader in Australian and global legal practice. Students completing the JD will have direct involvement with the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, getting involved in real cases and providing services to the community.

Key features of the program:

  1. Students will eligible to practice law in Australia upon completion of the program.
  2. Students will be able to get in-depth hands on experience participating in customised Legal Clinics exploring the following areas; Natural resources law, Refugee/Migration law, Criminal law, Public interest law, Consumer Credit.
  3. Students will study in a tight-knit, interactive learning community with highly qualified academic staff dedicated to their success.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrating cognitive and technical skills to engage in legal research
  • Analysing, synthesising and evaluating complex information
  • Engaging in lateral thinking and problem-solving skills which enable the provision of appropriate advice and solutions over a range of dispute resolution mechanisms
  • Communicating with superior skill to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Thinking critically and engaging reflectively with legal material and professional practice
  • Acting as an advocate for the rule of law
  • Accepting professional responsibility to play a constructive role in the maintenance and reform of the legal system
  • Upholding the highest ethical standards in discharging their responsibilities to clients, other professionals, the courts and the public
  • Demonstrating specialised knowledge of both theory and practice that facilitates an extended understanding of the interaction of law and society, legal and policy issues and professional practice

Details

Information correct as at21 Oct 2019 3:19 AM
Program code12334
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Extended)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 3 years full-time.
  • International students - 3 years full-time.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Business and Law
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Law School
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code079631E

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Entry to the JD/GradDipLegPrac is available to students who have successfully completed:

  1. a tertiary qualification of 3-year Level 7 Bachelor Degree or Level 9 Masters Degree other than Law from a recognised institution with a GPA of 4.0 or above; or
  2. a tertiary qualification of 3-year Level 7 Bachelor Degree or Level 9 Masters Degree other than Law from a recognised institution with a GPA of 3.5 or above if assessed as suitable by the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice Program Convenor on a case by case basis; or
  3. an AQF Levl 8 Honours or Embedded Honours degree from a recognised institution; or
  4. other tertiary qualification from a recognised institution assessed by the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor or delegate to be equivalent and with a similar level of attainment as provided above.

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.


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.


Compulsory program requirements

It is a requirement that students complete a total of 285 hours professional placement which includes at least 105 hours at the UoN Legal Centre.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

280 units

Program duration

3 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

Program requirements

The Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice comprises 280 units (i.e 28 x 10 unit courses), which includes 200 units of core courses plus 80 units of directed courses.


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.


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 Note: LAWS6000 will be taught intensively prior to commencement of Semester 1 and Semester 2

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS6000Legal System and Method I
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6001Legal System and Method II
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6005Property
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6006Constitutional Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6007Administrative Law
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6008Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6009Evidence
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6010Company Law
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6011Professional Conduct
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6012Equity and Trusts
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6013Public International Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6014ALegal Practice 1 - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6014BLegal Practice 1 Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6015ALegal Practice 2 - Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6015BLegal Practice 2 - Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6120Torts I
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6121Torts II
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6130Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6140Contracts I
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6141Contracts II
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 80 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
LAWS6016Taxation LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6017Family Law
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6018Commercial Law
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6019International Human Rights Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6020Environmental Law
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6021Advanced Criminal LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6022Crime and SocietyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6023Jurisprudence
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6024Employment Law
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6025Environmental/Natural Resources Law ClinicNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6026Refugee/Migration Law ClinicNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6028Criminal Law ClinicNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6029Social Justice/Public Interest Clinic
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6032Advocacy Skills
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6033Corporations, Globalisation and Human RightsNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6035Competition Law and PolicyNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6037International Environment Law and Policy
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6038Law and Economics of Climate Change
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6040International Private LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6041Sentencing: Global Theory, Law and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6042International Child and Family LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6043Advanced Legal Research Project
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6050Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Summer 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6081Advanced Taxation LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6083Corporate Taxation LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6085International Trade Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6086Intellectual Property Law
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6087Internet Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6088Financial Services RegulationNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6089Mining LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6090Health Law
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6094Indigenous Peoples, Issues and the Law
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6095Law and ReligionNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6096Child LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6097Competitive Mooting
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6098Equal Opportunity Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6099Sport and the LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6100Workplace Health and Safety Law
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6101Legal HistoryNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6102Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6103International Arbitration
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6104Human Rights and Climate Change-Induced Human DisplacementNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6105Expert EvidenceNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6106Advanced Communication Skills
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6107Mediation Skills and Theory
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6108Corporate Power and Corporate Accountability: Pathways to Socially Responsible Business
  • Summer 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6109ConciliationNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6110Australian Consumer LawNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6111Dispute Resolution
  • Summer 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6112Food and Wine Law
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6113Law for Startups
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6114Negotiation in a Legal Context
  • Winter - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
LAWS6115Criminal Trial Courts - Theory and PracticeNot currently offered10 units
LAWS6116Legal Innovation and Design
  • Winter - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
LAWS6117Law and Society in AsiaNot currently offered10 units

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.