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University of Newcastle Law School in Australia

Program Overview - Juris Doctor (JD)

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University and Faculty: University of Newcastle
Faculty of Business and Law
Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
University Location: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
City Population: 150,000
Student Population: 40,206
Campus Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Program Duration: 2.5 – 3 years
Trimester Intakes: February and July each year
Next Avail. Intake: July 2018
Est. Annual Tuition: $33,635 AUD (2018)
Est. Indicative Total: $100,905 AUD (based on 2018 fees)

The Juris Doctor and the embedded Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Newcastle is designed to equip students with the knowledge, clinical experience and qualification for admission into legal practice in Australia.

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.

Offered at a postgraduate level, the Juris Doctor prepares students to be a career-ready graduate with the skills and extensive knowledge to become a leader in Australian and global legal practice.

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.

Through its first-class facilities and innovative, integrated approach to legal education the University of Newcastle ensures that graduates gain all the necessary theory, skills and experience for a career in legal practice.

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Unique Features of the Program

Legal System and Method 1

In 2015, the University of Newcastle Law School created a new course (a foundation subject) called "Legal System and Method 1," which aims to assist students to acquire the skills they need to complete their first year of the JD earlier in the year. The subject has been developed following discussions with current JD students and was officially implemented for semester 1, 2016 intake. In terms of benefits for the students, the subject

  • offers a supportive and collegial environment for transitioning into the study of law;
  • provides a springboard overview of the year-one core subjects so that students enter these core subjects already possessing a solid foundation;
  • gives a grounding in the fundamentals of legal writing in advance of first-year assessments that require this writing style;
  • has been specifically designed building on student feedback to take full advantage of the transition period.

This course requires students to be at Newcastle a few weeks prior to the traditional late-February program start.

The University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC)

As an integrated part of the Juris Doctor program, the UNLC provides senior law students supervised placements in legal offices throughout the Newcastle, Hunter and Central Coast regions.

In addition, the UNLC also operates as a community legal centre, providing free legal advice and assistance to community members in the Newcastle region. By working with the Centre's solicitors and dealing with real clients' actual legal problems, students gain skills and experience in the practice of law.

The UNLC operates as a community legal centre, providing free legal advice and assistance to community members in the Hunter region. The operations of the UNLC are directed to the provision of assistance to disadvantaged members of the community, focusing on those with limited financial means or on matters in the public interest. By working with the Centre's solicitors and dealing with real clients' actual legal problems, students gain skills and experience in the practice of law.

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

Accelerated Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
By taking some directed courses (electives) during Newcastle's summer and winter terms, it is possible to accelerate your program and complete the JD/GDLP in 2.5 years while still completing all of the practical legal training and supervised legal workplace experience associated with the GDLP. It is this extensive practical training and supervised work experience that sets the University of Newcastle apart from other law schools.

Please note this option of accelerating the program to complete in 2.5 years is only available if you start the JD/GDLP program in July (it is not available to students who start in February).

You will study in a collegial, interactive learning community with highly qualified and award-winning academic staff dedicated to your success. You will experience a friendly and supportive learning environment and benefit from a balanced student-teacher ratio, which creates a personalised learning environment. You can expect

  • small tutorial class sizes;
  • dedicated and accessible teachers; and
  • a collegial student community.

University of Newcastle law students have a competitive reputation and frequently excel in national law competitions. Recent highlights:


  • Winner of the best online initiative at a national level - Australian Law Students’ Association (ALSA)
  • Second in the ALSA annual national paper presentation competition.
  • Quarter finalist in the ALSA national client interviewing competition.


  • UON highly commended Club of the year
  • Quarter finalist in the ALSA national witness examination competition
  • Quarter finalist in the ALSA national client interviewing competition
  • Quarter finalist, Sir Harry Gibbs Constitutional Law Moot
  • Winner, UNSW Intervarsity Client Interviewing Competition
  • Winner, UNSW Intervarsity Negotiation Competition
  • Quarter finalist, Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot
  • Best oralist in Ashurst Private Law Moot general rounds

Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor 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 accomodating 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."


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: Molly Mahon

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