Bachelor of Laws - What you will study
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When you study a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the University of Newcastle you will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a second Bachelor level degree in just five years of full-time study. (Scroll down for a list and discussion of the combined degree offerings.)
Law graduates who want to practice law in Australia need to complete a practical legal training course. The Newcastle Law School is the only Law School in New South Wales where you can be admitted as a certified practising lawyer upon completion of your studies with no further study or practical experience.
You can choose to do this as part of the last two years of your combined law degree through enrolling in the Bachelor of Laws (Practice) Program. The Practice Program is integrated into the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree through the Diploma of Legal Practice.
Whether you choose to practice law or pursue another career, the skills and extensive knowledge you acquire through this combined degree will be invaluable. You will graduate with skills and experience in:
- Advanced research;
- Analytical problem solving;
- High-level task management;
- Negotiation; and
- Oral and written communication.
For more detailed program information relating to the Bachelor of Laws (Honours), please refer to the handbook. You can also find out more about studying law at the University of Newcastle by visiting Newcastle Law School
The Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) equips you to pursue a career as a lawyer, or to follow a separate career path in Aboriginal affairs.
Whether you are Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal, the Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) provides you with an opportunity to improve social justice by preparing for a highly fulfilling career in Indigenous affairs.
When you study a combined degree you will develop:
- An understanding of the social, political and justice issues impacting the Aboriginal community;
- Effective communication with Aboriginal clients; and
- Strong cultural sensitivity and knowledge of the Aboriginal community.
The skills you develop in advocacy, negotiation and high-level communication will give you a competitive advantage for Aboriginal affairs roles in health, education, community development and a range of other areas.
For more information, take a look at the Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice single degree.
For more detailed program information about the combined Bachelor of Aboriginal Professional Practice/Bachelor of Laws (Honours), please refer to the handbook.
With sixteen majors to choose from, a Bachelor of Arts allows you to pursue your passions and interests, whilst also building your research capabilities, communication skills, and your understanding of how society functions.
When you study arts in combination with law, you will add significant value to your Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree. For example, choosing to study history will broaden your understanding of legal issues by allowing you to see them within a wider context. A major in politics and international relations will improve your analytical and logical problem solving skills.
For more information about arts at the University of Newcastle, take a look at the Bachelor of Arts single degree.
For more detailed program information about the combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (Honours), please refer to the handbook.
With businesses and corporations subject to extensive regulation, a law degree is a highly valued and useful asset within the business sector.
Many large companies employ in-house lawyers to provide specialist legal advice. In-house lawyers must not only have in-depth legal knowledge, but also possess a strong understanding of business affairs. As such, the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) combined degree is extremely valuable if you wish to undertake a career as a corporate lawyer.
Even if you choose not to practice as a lawyer, a law degree will enhance your business qualifications and increase your employability. The global business world demands highly qualified employees who will contribute to future success and development in a competitive environment. Employers recognise that as a graduate of both business and law, you are professional, highly motivated and possess business acumen as well as legal knowledge.
For more information about business studies at the University of Newcastle, take a look at the Bachelor of Business single degree.
For more detailed program information about the combined Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree, please refer to the handbook.
The skills and knowledge you will gain studying commerce will complement and enhance the skills you will learn in your law degree. Both degrees teach critical thinking, analytical problem solving, task management and strong communication skills.
Commerce and the financial services industry are heavily regulated. A law degree will improve your understanding of important legislation that is relevant to economics, finance and accounting. Employers also recognise that as a law graduate you have a strong work ethic and are committed to the highest ethical and professional standards.
Many law firms seek out professionals with both legal skills and expertise in commerce, accounting and finance. Lawyers with commerce expertise are also highly valued as in-house lawyers for large companies and government departments.
To review the commerce degree in detail, take a look at the Bachelor of Commerce single degree.
For more detailed program information about the combined Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree, please refer to the handbook.
Several legal practice areas focus on the media, communication and technology sectors. Mass media and communication technology are increasingly powerful and influential within our society, meaning associated laws and regulations are constantly developing.
The disciplines of laws and communication complement each other, with both serving to develop your analytical problem solving, critical thinking and research skills. Your communications degree will also teach you valuable inquiry and investigation skills, which will be beneficial if you choose to practise as a lawyer .
If you are planning on entering the highly competitive fields of media or telecommunications, a law degree will enhance your communication qualifications and increase your career opportunities.
For more information about the single degree program, take a look at the Bachelor of Communication.
For more detailed program information about the combined Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of Laws (Honours), please refer to the handbook.
The Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws is ideal if you are interested in improving social justice, anti-discrimination and human rights.
Choosing to combine social science and laws equips you to practice as a lawyer or pursue a range of rewarding careers in the social sciences.
Your Bachelor of Social Science degree will improve your cultural sensitivity, ethical awareness and your understanding of how people interact.
For more information about the single degree program, take a look at the Bachelor of Social Science.
For more detailed program information about the Bachelor of Social Science/Bachelor of Laws (Honours), please refer to the handbook.