Newcastle Law School is Australia’s leading clinical law school.
Our School has some of the highest rates of graduate law employment in the country, excellent teaching staff, and a world-class legal research program.
Welcome from Dean and Head of School
I would like to warmly welcome you to Newcastle Law School. Australia’s leading clinical law school, we extend global outreach activities each year that enable students to consider opportunities to spend part of their time studying and working abroad in partnership with a range of universities and other organisations in the Asia-Pacific area, the US, the UK and elsewhere.
Part of our success is the result of our integrated clinical legal program. Unlike other law schools, all students in our program progress through a carefully structured clinical program that provides graduates with skills and deeper learning in the final years of their program. Newcastle has the leading clinical law school program in Australia which provides an innovative legal education, incorporating experiential learning that is interdisciplinary and internationally focused.
The work of our University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC) practitioners extends into the community, including regular legal advice clinics, summer advice clinics at Newcastle Beach through our innovative 'Law on the Beach' program, and casework of local, regional, national and international significance. Students are able to 'experience the law' in action, which enhances their work-ready skills. This gives our graduates a distinct advantage in a competitive job market, as this real work-placement program sees them qualify as lawyers more quickly than in other schools.
The move to NUspace in 2017 has enhanced our opportunities for collaboration with those in the justice sector. We are co-located with the new courts complex and the teaching and learning suites and campus environment are state of the art. Our campus is located close to the beach, cafes and the engaging environment of Newcastle city.
Our academic staff are world-class professionals, who research across various fields of legal endeavour. Our research aims to develop legal and regulatory solutions to pressing challenges facing our community, region and world. Our commitment to quality teaching and learning is an important part of our overall educational philosophy in producing consummate legal professionals who have sound disciplinary knowledge, excellent analytical and research skills, and a clear understanding of ethical and professional standards.
We also provide flexible learning approaches. Our summer and winter schools, our flipped classrooms and our focus on seminar engagement support both cohesive and interactive learning. Newcastle Law School is focused on meeting the challenges of the future by considering changing roles for lawyers, employment opportunities and through our commitment to high-impact relevant research, a focus on innovation, internationalisation, quality postgraduate and undergraduate education, as well as strong engagement with our community.
We trust that in joining us on this exciting journey you will be provided with a solid and enviable educational foundation which will be the springboard to a successful career and engagement in lifelong learning.
Professor Tania Sourdin
Dean and Head, Newcastle Law School.