UAC Undergraduate Course Description

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B Laws (Graduate Entry)

University of Newcastle

CampusType of
UAC codePattern of attendance 2013 cut-offStart dateMajor offer round
Newcastle – Callaghan CSP  480650  3F/6P N/A 3 Mar 2014 16 Jan 2014

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Graduate or prior study status: Admission is only open to graduates who have completed the requirements for a tertiary qualification at the Bachelor level from a recognised tertiary institution.

Major studies: Law.

Practical experience: Students enrolled in the Professional Program undertake 180 hours of placements with legal practitioners, and simulated exercises, in each of their two final years.

Professional recognition: This is an accredited law school for the purpose of admission to practise law in NSW.

Career opportunities: Examples include legal practice and employment in corporate administration, government departments, accountancy firms, merchant banking and management consultancy firms.

Additional information: Selection is based on the grade point average (GPA) of your tertiary studies and experience shows that approximately a credit average is required to gain a place. The program is not available to school leavers. School leavers should refer to the information on combined Law degrees.

During the first year of B Laws you complete the core program courses of legal system and method, criminal law and procedure, torts and contracts.

In the final two years of the program, you study only law courses in either the B Laws (LLB) Program or the B Laws/DipLegPrac (the Professional Program). The B Laws Program is designed for students wanting a general education in law. It has a limited practical component. Students who complete this program must also complete postgraduate professional training approved by the Legal Profession Admission Board to meet requirements to practise as a lawyer.

Alternatively, the Professional Program merges traditional legal education with skills training and practical legal experience. Students who complete this program will receive the Diploma of Legal Practice as well as the B Laws degree. They will not have to complete postgraduate professional training or undertake a period of practical legal experience before practising as a solicitor.

Admission to the Professional Program will be on a competitive basis and selection is based entirely on academic merit in the core program courses with at least three of the four courses completed at Newcastle. Enrolment in the Professional Program is available on a full-time basis only.

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