The University of Newcastle, Australia

Australia’s leading clinical law school

Newcastle Law School has some of the highest rates of graduate law employment in the country, excellent teaching staff, and a world-class legal research program. We run our own community legal centre and our students have the opportunity to get extensive experience assisting real people to solve real legal problems.

Newcastle Law School offers an innovative legal education incorporating experiential learning that is interdisciplinary and internationally focused. Through first class, research-led legal education, we integrate the study and practice of law.

Our staff and graduates are world-class professionals, who develop legal and regulatory solutions to some of the most pressing social, commercial and environmental challenges facing our community, region and world.

Our graduates are ethically responsible global citizens, who have a strong sense of social justice, understand how technology is reshaping the justice system, uphold the rule of law and are committed to the highest professional standards.

Why study law?

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94% ? Practice Program students secure employment within four months of graduating
Top 300 ? In the world for Law

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All undergraduate students complete a combined degree program, which can include an integrated Diploma in Legal Practice. We also offer a unique Juris Doctor, which includes an integrated Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, as well as a number of Masters programs which are available to lawyers and non lawyers.

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School Research

An international centre for law research, Newcastle Law School delivers innovative research that builds upon the clinical work undertaken by our University Legal Centre.

We also undertake collaborative research partnerships with business, industry and government in our region, across the nation and internationally.

Newcastle Law School scholars have expertise in a range of law and justice areas, including comparative law, business law, criminal law, environmental law, equity, intellectual property, law and religion, judicial biography, and family law.

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Legal Centre

The University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC) is the centrepiece of the Newcastle Law School’s clinical program.

Here, students engage with the community and legal professionals to develop practical skills in the application of the law. UNLC offers a range of services to the public, including free legal advice and assistance, representation, law clinics and community education seminars.

Alumni

The established and ongoing success of Newcastle Law School is in no small way down to the contributions and active involvement of our alumni.

Our reputation as the finest clinical law school in Australia has been established as a result of our students receiving hands-on experience in the legal profession, which we are able to offer as a result of our alumni offering placement opportunities.

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Latest news

Elley Walmsley EMBA, Professor Kerryn Phelps AM, Samantha Bremmell WiMBA and Susan Hood Empower Network.

News • 6 Mar 2020

International Women’s Day with the Equal Futures Project

With over 500 attendees, the International Women’s Day Breakfast run by the Equal Futures Project was a sold out event. The Equal Futures Project are Hunter based business leaders who are committed to diversity and achieving a more equitable and inclusive society.

Madeline Muddle

News • 11 Mar 2020

Student success in national essay competition

NLS student wins first prize in CLTA Corporate Law Student Essay Prize

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News • 26 Feb 2020

Newcastle educators shine in Australian Awards for University Teachers

Two University of Newcastle lecturers have received national recognition for teaching excellence, each awarded a highly acclaimed 2019 Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT).

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Upcoming events

2020 Newcastle City Campus Careers Expo

Event • 31 Mar 2020 at 10:00am

POSTPONED - Newcastle City Campus Careers Expo

The University of Newcastle’s Careers service has decided to postpone this event. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our University community and our campuses are open, we…

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Event • 10 Jun 2020 at 12:00am

International Climate Change Law and Policy

Location: Free Online Short Course |Duration: 4 Weeks |Effort: 2-3 hours per week |Cost: FREE - Certificate for US$49 |Subject: Law |Level: Intermediate |Learn more about the course.Learn about the…

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