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:
- Students will eligible to practice law in Australia upon completion of the program.
- 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.
- 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
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Entry to the JD/GradDipLegPrac is available to students who have one of the following qualifications with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 or above:
- a Bachelor Degree
- a Bachelor Honours Degree
- a Master's Degree
Students who have gained one of the above qualifications from a University outside of Australia in the discipline of law with a GPA of 4.0 or above can be admitted.
Students with a Bachelor of Laws degree from an Australian University cannot be admitted.
Applicants with one of the above qualifications with a GPA of 3.5 may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students with an overseas law degree qualification can apply for up to 80 units of specified or unspecified credit through recognition of prior learning.
Where a student seeks specified credit for one or more of the eleven courses normally required for admission to practice law in Australia (known as the Priestley 11), then this will be considered where applicants have satisfied the NSW Legal Profession Admissions Board (or the equivalent body in another Australian state) that courses completed at the relevant overseas institution are substantially equivalent to the courses for which they are seeking specified credit.
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.
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
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
The Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice comprises 280 units (i.e 28 x 10 unit courses), which includes 210 units of core courses plus 70 units of directed courses.
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.
- 2016 Program Plan JD GD Legal Practice 12334.pdf 628.8 KB
- JD-Sequence-of-Study-Transition-2017-commencing-students1.pdf 285.3 KB
- JD-Sequence-of-Study-Transition-2018-commencing-students.pdf 284.2 KB
- Juris Doctor Grad Dip Legal Practice - 2017 1023.5 KB
- Juris Doctor Grad Dip Legal Practice - Part Time 2020-2021 56.5 KB
- Juris Doctor Grad Dip Legal Practice - Trimester 1 2020-2021 54.4 KB
- Juris Doctor Grad Dip Legal Practice - Winter Term 2017 844.1 KB
- Juris Doctor Grad Dip Legal Practice - Winter Term 2020-2021 57.3 KB
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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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
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|LAWS6000||Legal System and Method I||10 units|
|LAWS6001||Legal System and Method II||10 units|
|LAWS6006||Constitutional Law||10 units|
|LAWS6007||Administrative Law||10 units|
|LAWS6008||Civil Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS6010||Company Law||10 units|
|LAWS6011||Professional Conduct||10 units|
|LAWS6012||Equity and Trusts||10 units|
|LAWS6013||Public International Law||10 units|
|LAWS6014A||Legal Practice 1 - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS6014B||Legal Practice 1 Part B||10 units|
|LAWS6015A||Legal Practice 2 - Part A||10 units|
|LAWS6015B||Legal Practice 2 - Part B||10 units|
|LAWS6118||Final-Year Workplace Experience||10 units|
|LAWS6120||Torts I||10 units|
|LAWS6121||Torts II||10 units|
|LAWS6130||Criminal Law and Procedure||10 units|
|LAWS6140||Contracts I||10 units|
|LAWS6141||Contracts II||10 units|
Choose 70 units from the following directed courses
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|LAWS6016||Taxation Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6017||Family Law||10 units|
|LAWS6018||Commercial Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6019||International Human Rights Law||10 units|
|LAWS6020||Environmental Law||10 units|
|LAWS6021||Advanced Criminal Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6022||Crime and Society||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6024||Employment Law||10 units|
|LAWS6025||Environmental/Natural Resources Law Clinic||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6026||Refugee/Migration Law Clinic||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6028||Criminal Law Practice & Procedure||10 units|
|LAWS6029||Social Justice/Public Interest Clinic||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6032||Advocacy Skills||10 units|
|LAWS6033||Corporations, Globalisation and Human Rights||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6035||Competition Law and Policy||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6037||International Environment Law and Policy||10 units|
|LAWS6038||Law and Economics of Climate Change||10 units|
|LAWS6040||International Private Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6041||Sentencing: Global Theory, Law and Practice||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6042||International Child and Family Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6043||Advanced Legal Research Project||10 units|
|LAWS6050||Commercial Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS6081||Advanced Taxation Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6085||International Trade Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6086||Intellectual Property Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6087||Internet Law||10 units|
|LAWS6088||Financial Services Regulation||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6089||Mining Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6090||Health Law||10 units|
|LAWS6094||Indigenous Peoples, Issues and the Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6095||Law and Religion||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6096||Child Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6097||Competitive Mooting||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6098||Equal Opportunity Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6099||Sport and the Law||10 units|
|LAWS6100||Workplace Health and Safety Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6101||Legal History||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6102||Alternative Dispute Resolution||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6103||International Arbitration||10 units|
|LAWS6104||Human Rights and Climate Change-Induced Human Displacement||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6105||Expert Evidence||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6106||Advanced Communication Skills||10 units|
|LAWS6107||Mediation Skills and Theory||10 units|
|LAWS6108||Corporate Power and Corporate Accountability: Pathways to Socially Responsible Business||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6109||Conciliation||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6110||Australian Consumer Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6111||Dispute Resolution||10 units|
|LAWS6112||Food and Wine Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6113||Law for Startups||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6114||Negotiation in a Legal Context||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6115||Criminal Trial Courts - Theory and Practice||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6116||Legal Innovation and Design||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6117||Law and Society in Asia||Not currently offered||10 units|
All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.
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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
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.
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