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Juris Doctor (JD) / Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Clinical experience and admission into legal practice

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Details

Program Code 12334
Graduate Level Postgraduate
Locations
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 079631E
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

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Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Face to Face on campus

Description

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:

  1. Students will eligible to practice law in Australia upon completion of the program.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Practical Experience

Students will gain practical experience through legal clinics at the Newcastle Legal Centre.

International Students

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.

Special Needs

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.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
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
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability 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