Career and professional development

Our graduates have some of the highest employment rates of any law school in Australia, due to our focus on career and professional development.

Students play an active part in the University of Newcastle Legal Centre’s (UNLC) various clinics. Under the guidance of UNLC’s in-house lawyers, our students gain invaluable hands-on experience as the initial point of contact for members of the community seeking legal advice on matters such as traffic fines, rental agreements, family disputes or employment discrimination.

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.

Our staff also help students to find external placement opportunities. With previous students having worked at private law firms and government organisations – such as Legal Aid and the Australian Taxation Office – our graduates are equipped with the experience, know-how and makings of a professional network that are so critical for professional success.

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.