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 can receive 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.

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94% ? Practice Program students secure employment within four months of graduating
No.1 in Australia ? for Quality of Overall Experience, Learning Resources, Skills Development and Teaching Quality Skills

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The Newcastle Law School has integrated practical skills components into all its courses. As a result, students and employers alike can be confident that every Newcastle Law School graduate has been taught and assessed on each skill that exists in a long list of skills and attributes relevant to today’s legal practitioners. This brochure highlights many of those accomplishments.

If you would like to qualify to practise as a lawyer, we offer a number of combined degrees (for undergraduate students) and the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (for students who already have a university degree). If you want to build your expertise in relation to a particular area of law, you may be interested in one of our master’s degrees.

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Study a Juris Doctor/ Graduate diploma in Legal Practice

Study a Juris Doctor/
Graduate diploma in Legal Practice

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Acknowledgement to Country

The Newcastle Law School acknowledges and pay their respect to the Traditional Custodians on whose who land we are situated the Awabakal people.

We also pay our respect to the Awabakal Elders past, present and future on whose land we work, teach and meet and we also acknowledge the Elders past, present and emerging from all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations who visit, work or learn in this space.

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

Professor Maynard sitting holding a book in front of a cabinet of memorabilia collected as an historian

News • 8 Mar 2021

Reclaiming History: the unconventional legacies of a leading Aboriginal historian

Emeritus Professor John Maynard’s reputation as a trailblazer is well-deserved so it is only fitting that this historian, whose journey began with researching his own family’s history, is honoured in the InauguralJohn Maynard Aboriginal History Lecture.

Chief Justice Tom Bathurst and Taylah Gray

News • 24 Feb 2021

Chief Justice recognises Newcastle's newest lawyers among best in the country

“Great lawyers are known to come out of Newcastle, and I am confident that today is no exception.”

Law on the Beach 2019 session

News • 15 Jan 2021

Pop-up legal clinic returns to support the Newcastle community

After a challenging 2020, the University of Newcastle Legal Centre’s pop-up clinic at Merewether beach is returning to offer free legal advice to individuals struggling with any law-related matters.

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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.