Bachelor of Laws - Why study with us

"The law degree at Newcastle is extremely unique. Not only do you finish your degree within 5 years, you also graduate as a qualified solicitor." - Georgia

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) offered at the Newcastle Law School is your passport to a career as a successful lawyer, or a range of other related professions. The Law degree is a five-year degree, studied in combination with another undergraduate degree.

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree you will be highly competitive in the job market. Our law graduates consistently earn starting salaries above the national average and are in demand, with 95%* of students from our Practice Program securing full-time employment or pursuing further studies within four months of graduating.

*2013 Australian Graduate Survey

The University of Newcastle Bachelor of Laws, also referred to as an LLB, has a strong focus on real-world experience. From the first year of study you will start building practical skills in the classroom through activities such as real client interviewing and client casework. As you progress in the degree program, you will have the opportunity to provide legal advice, complete research, draft documents to be used in real cases, and gain courtroom practice and mooting techniques through the University of Newcastle Legal Centre.

Even if you choose not to practice law, a law degree will enhance your other tertiary qualifications and make you a highly competitive graduate. Employers recognise that as a law graduate you have an excellent work ethic, strong communication skills, and can apply analytical and logical reasoning to solve problems.

We invite you to join our close community of Newcastle Law students and graduates for an unmatched clinical education experience and excellent job prospects following the completion of your combined law degree.

Two degrees in less time

The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree program is offered as a five-year full-time program in combination with another degree that interests you.

Today's employment market is competitive. Employers are looking for highly qualified graduates with a broad range of skills. Therefore, it goes without saying that two degrees are better than one. By studying a combined degree program, you complete both degrees in less time than it would take to do one after completing the other.

By completing an “embedded” Honours degree (at level 8 under the Australian Qualifications Framework) you receive a Law degree with Honours at a level determined by your academic achievement across the whole course of study. You will receive in-depth training in legal research techniques, and be equipped with advanced skills suitable for high-level legal research work or further academic study.

Practice as soon as you graduate

In the final two years of your combined law degree you can choose to study our Bachelor of Laws (Practice) Program to gain a Diploma of Legal Practice. This additional, embedded qualification is completed within your five-year degree and enables you to be admitted as a lawyer in Australia.

The Newcastle Law School is the only Law School in Australia where an integrated clinic, working with real clients, enables students to complete the practical legal training (PLT) requirements necessary to seek admission to practise as a lawyer.

The Newcastle Law School is the only Law School in New South Wales where upon completion of your studies you can be admitted as a certified practising lawyer with no further study or practical experience. This option saves you time and money, as you do not need to satisfy a separate, external professional practice requirement following graduation.

Personalised learning environment

The Newcastle Law School is proud of our reputation as a boutique institution where you will experience a friendly and supportive learning environment. You will benefit from a comfortable student-teacher ratio, which creates a personalised learning environment. As a student, you can expect:

  • World-class law teaching;
  • Dedicated and accessible teachers;
  • Friendly academic staff; and
  • Tight-knit student and alumni communities.

You will also have access to a range of support services and exceptional facilities including a mock courtroom, purpose-built client interview rooms and the University of Newcastle Legal Centre.

Join a vibrant student body

The University of Newcastle Law Students' Association (UNLSA) is the heart of the student community at the Newcastle Law School. The UNLSA builds a strong relationship between students and staff by creating a positive culture and spirit of collegiality.

From student advocacy and careers information, to competitions and social events, the UNLSA is committed to enhancing your experience at the University of Newcastle. Annual UNLSA events include:

  • Mooting (mock trials);
  • Negotiation and client interview competitions;
  • Sport competitions; and
  • Social events, including the much anticipated annual Law Ball.