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University of Newcastle Law School

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University of Newcastle Law School in Australia

Program Overview - Juris Doctor (JD) & Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

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University and Faculty: University of Newcastle
Faculty of Business and Law
Program: Juris Doctor (JD) & GDLP
University Location: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
City Population: 445,000
Student Population: 37,035
Campus Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Program Duration: 3 years
Trimester Intakes: February and July each year
Next Avail. Intake: July 2019
Est. Indicative Annual Tuition: $35,315 AUD (based on 2019 fees)

Newcastle Law School’s Juris Doctor (JD) and the embedded Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) will not only open doors to employment as a lawyer, but it will also provide you with professional skills and attributes that are in high demand in other industries and professions.

Brand new in 2017, the University of Newcastle moved its Faculty of Business and Law to the $95-million, state-of-the-art NeW Space facility in the city of Newcastle. This move has enhanced student opportunities for collaboration with those in the justice sector as NeW Space is co-located with the new Courts complex. Not far from the university's Callaghan campus, this new downtown campus is located close to the beach, cafes, and the engaging environment of Newcastle city.

At NeW Space, Newcastle Juris Doctor students will study the Juris Doctor concurrently with the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, allowing them to develop both high-level academic and legal skills while also providing practical and real-world experience.

Completing the JD will see students contribute to the University of Newcastle Legal Centre, working on real cases and providing an important service to the community.

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Unique Features of the Program

Study at Australia’s premier clinical law school
You will not just learn how the law works in theory; you will get extensive supervised experience helping real people with real legal issues.

University of Newcastle Legal Centre
You will complete the first 105 hours of your required supervised legal workplace experience in the university's own legal centre, under the supervision of the law school's solicitors. The Legal Centre operates as a community legal centre, providing free legal advice and assistance to community members in the Hunter region.

Supervised workplace experience guarantee
For your remaining 180 hours of required supervised workplace experience, UON's dedicated placement officer will actively source an external placement that matches your career goals.

Study at NeW Space
Newcastle Law School's contemporary learning space is located in Newcastle's CBD. This means it is not only close to Newcastle's spectacular beaches and fashionable cafés, bars and restaurants, it is also close to Newcastle's court precinct, making it easy to network with local practitioners and attend court.

Highly competitive tuition fees
Students at many other Australian law schools commonly pay more to complete a JD and a GDLP than at UON.

Build your networks
The Law Students' Association (UNLSA) is at the heart of the student community and allows you to form relationships to help you at university and beyond.

Law on the Beach
Students will also have the opportunity to contribute to the unique "Law on the Beach" program held each summer on Newcastle Beach. The "walk up" legal advice service targets young people, providing the opportunity to interview clients, brief lawyers, sit in on legal advice and do follow-up casework.


Why Canadians Like the Program

Many law graduates who sit the NCA challenge exams have been able to draw on the legal skills they gained while studying at the University of Newcastle Law School to prepare for and successfully pass those exams.

Hear from former OzTREKK students who studied law at the University of Newcastle!

Professional placement
Newcastle Law School is the only law school in Australia that both runs its own legal centre and directly provides students with the practical legal training and much of the supervised clinical legal experience required to qualify to practice law.

As part of the GDLP, students undertake 285 hours of legal professional workplace experience. A minimum of 105 hours of that practical experience is undertaken at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC), under the supervision of the law school’s solicitors—either in the legal centre itself or as part of the "Law on the Beach" program during the summer term. 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.

Placement organisations
Newcastle Law School staff also assist students to arrange external placements to make up the remaining 180 of required professional training hours. The law school arranges external practical legal training placements for all students who seek assistance in organising their placement during the final year of the program. Students are offered a variety of legal environments from small private firms to large government organisations.

*The indicative total includes fees for both the Juris Doctor and the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

OzTREKK Student Reviews about the Newcastle law program:

"Excellent, I will be recommending it to friends from home."

"The warm weather, beaches and people. I like that the university is very helpful, there is a lot of support programs for international students as well as law students. I really like the campus, is built within a forest so it is very beautiful. It is really hard to think of anything that I dislike but I guess one would be high tuition costs. it is a great experience and that my university is very helpful and very accommodating to international students."

"The weather, and the people, they're just so chill and relaxed! I love everything about the program, the only con would be that the university is so far away from the beaches! It's great, the people are great, the profs are great, the program is great! In week 5 I was already doing hands on practical experience, you can't beat that!"

"I like that the classes are small for my program I like that everyone is friendly. Its a good program to apply to Wont regret it Can learn alot from this program Very beneficial and competitive in the diploma in legal practice area of program"

"Because the class size is so small, its really easy to meet people. Everyone is very helpful and the class sizes are small which allows you to have an advantage. The experience at the legal centre is also a key aspect of this program."

"Studying law at Newcastle was a great adventure for me. I love the city and I am proud of the education I received. I really appreciated the personal connection between professors and students, and the opportunity to receive extensive supervised practical training made it well worth spending three years to obtain a comprehensive legal education. On my return to Canada, I was able to complete the relevant exams and start my legal career."



Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

If you complete a Newcastle Law degree, you are eligible to apply to practice law in Canada. It is imperative that you understand the requirements and procedures associated with entering the legal profession in Canada. Contact OzTREKK for information about accreditation.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

Applicants must have completed a 3-year bachelor degree in any discipline other than law from a recognized institution with a GPA of 4.0 on Newcastle's 7-point GPA scale.

Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Newcastle JD program.

Applicants must also meet the English Language requirements of the University of Newcastle.


Total Number of Places in the Program: no set quota

Application Deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Kati Gorbachyova

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