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

Find out more about IELTS.

UON program code: 12334
CRICOS code: 079631E

"Upon graduation, I started working at Maddocks Lawyers in Sydney in the construction and projects team. Every law program provides students with a knowledge of legal concepts. However, the University of Newcastle’s JD/GDLP also gives you the opportunity to develop your practical skills and get involved in real life cases. Whether that be by cross examining a witness in a real court room or acting for community groups trying to protect their local environment, the program gives you a great opportunity to apply what you have been learning in the classroom and to see how law is done in the 'real world'. It is a great program and has given me the opportunity to work in a leading firm and to contribute to society in a meaningful way. I highly recommend it to all that I meet."

Ben Gunter, Maddocks Lawyers, Sydney

Ben Gunter

Professional placement

Newcastle Law School is the only law school in Australia that both runs its own legal centre and directly provides students with the practical legal training and much of the supervised clinical legal experience required to qualify to practise law.

As part of the GDLP, students undertake 285 hours of legal professional workplace experience. A minimum of 105 hours of that practical experience is undertaken at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC), under the supervision of the Law School’s solicitors – either in the legal centre itself or as part of our ‘Law on the Beach’ program during the summer term. Students have intensive interaction with clients and extensive real client casework including drafting letters, submissions, undertaking research, drafting court documents and appearing in court with a UNLC lawyer. This is very attractive to potential employers and gives Newcastle graduates a significant advantage.

Placement organisations

Law School staff also assist students to arrange external placements to make up the remaining 180 required professional training hours. The Law School arranges external practical legal training placements for all students who seek assistance in organising their placement during the final year of the program. Students are offered a variety of legal environments from small private firms to large government organisations. Some examples of placement locations include:

  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Legal Aid
  • Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
  • SWS Lawyers
  • Sessions Legal
  • Sparke Helmore Lawyers