Juris Doctor (JD) / Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Clinical experience and admission into legal practice
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The Juris Doctor and the embedded Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice is designed for those looking for admission into legal practice in Australia. The Juris Doctor (JD) is to be studied concurrently with the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, allowing students to develop both high level academic and legal skills, whilst also providing practical and real world experience. Offered at a postgraduate level, the Newcastle JD prepares graduates with strong work ready skills and extensive knowledge to become a leader in Australian and global legal practice. Students completing the JD will have direct involvement with the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, getting involved in real cases and providing services to the community.
Key features of the program:
- Students will eligible to practice law in Australia upon completion of the program.
- Students will be able to get in-depth hands on experience participating in customised Legal Clinics exploring the following areas; Natural resources law, Refugee/Migration law, Criminal law, Public interest law, Consumer Credit.
- Students will study in a tight-knit, interactive learning community with highly qualified academic staff dedicated to their success.
Why study with us?
The Newcastle Law School is a supportive and research-focused School, deeply committed to teaching. The Newcastle Law School has fostered an intellectual community devoted to the development of the next generation of lawyers.
Through taking an innovative and integrated approach to legal education, the Newcastle Law School ensures that graduates gain all the necessary theory, skills and experience for a career in legal practice. Students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to practice law not only in Australia, but around the globe as our teaching and curriculum provides a transnational insight into understanding law and the legal system.
Newcastle Law School has established a reputation for innovative legal education. Students gain practical legal experience through our unique University Legal Centre which provides an intensive clinical placement site for students, giving our students real life opportunities as part of their studies. By working with the Centre’s lawyers and dealing with real clients with actual legal problems, students gain skills and experience in the practice of law.
The opportunities created by the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice reflect the many career options open to law graduates. Law is now regarded as a useful general education, providing understanding of how our society functions, and fostering skills of analytical and logical reasoning. Some graduates may choose not to practise law, but their qualifications will enhance their employment opportunities in areas of business, government and administration. For further career information see: http://newcastle.edu.au/students/degrees-to-careers/
Study a Language
All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.
International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.
Entry to the JD/GradDipLegPrac is available to students who meet the following entry requirements: 1. Applicants for the combined Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice must have successfully completed a tertiary qualification of 3-year Level 7 Bachelor Degree other than Law from a recognised institution; or 2. other tertiary qualification from a recognised institution assessed by the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor to be equivalent.
Applicants must also meet the English Language requirements of the University.
Students will gain practical experience through legal clinics at the Newcastle Legal Centre.
There will be a requirement for a minimum 6.5 IELTS result (with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest) or equivalent for this program.
All International students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester commences or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School Officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner. Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medial condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
Requirements and Structure
The Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice comprises 280 units (i.e 28 x 10 unit courses), which includes 200 units of core courses, including five multi-term sequence courses, plus 80 units of directed courses.
|Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this specialisation.|
|LAWS6001||Legal System and Method||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6002A||Torts - Part A||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6002B||Torts - Part B||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6003A||Criminal Law and Procedure - Part A||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6003B||Criminal Law and Procedure - Part B||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6004A||Contracts - Part A||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6004B||Contracts - Part B||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6005||Property||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6006||Constitutional Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6007||Administrative Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6008||Civil Procedure||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6009||Evidence||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6010||Company Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6011||Professional Conduct||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6012||Equity and Trusts||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6013||Public International Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6014A||Legal Practice 1 - Part A||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6014B||Legal Practice 1 Part B||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6015A||Legal Practice 2 - Part A||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6015B||Legal Practice 2 - Part B||Not currently offered||10 units|
|Choose 80 units from directed courses|
|LAWS6016||Taxation Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6017||Family Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6018||Commercial Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6019||International Human Rights Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6020||Environmental Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6021||Advanced Criminal Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6022||Crime and Society||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6023||Legal Theory||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6024||Employment Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6025||Environmental/Natural Resources Law Clinic||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6026||Refugee/Migration Law Clinic||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6027||Consumer Credit and Personal Insolvency Law Clinic||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6028||Criminal Law Clinic||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6029||Social Justice/Public Interest Clinic||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6030||Commercial Dispute Resolution||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6031||Client Interviewing and Negotiation Skills||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6032||Advocacy Skills||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6033||Corporations, Globalistion and Human Rights||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6034||Advanced Corporate Governance||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6035||Competition Law and Policy||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6036||Advanced Public International Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6037||International Environment Law and Policy||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6038||International Climate Change Law and Policy||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6039||Global Administrative Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6040||International Private Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6041||Sentencing: Global Theory, Law and Practice||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6042||International Child and Family Law||Not currently offered||10 units|
|LAWS6043||Advanced Legal Research Project||Not currently offered||10 units|