Professional placement for University of Newcastle Juris Doctor students

31 August 2020

Professional placement during your law degree at the University of Newcastle

The Newcastle Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) is the only fully integrated law degree and practical legal training course offered at an Australian university that is centred on acting for real clients.

Professional placement for University of Newcastle Juris Doctor students
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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, under the supervision of the law school’s solicitors.

University of Newcastle Legal Centre is the centrepiece of the Newcastle Law School’s clinical program. Here students engage with the community and with legal professionals to develop practical skills in the application of the law. The centre offers a range of services to members of the public, including free legal advice and assistance, representation, law clinics and community education seminars. All of the services provided by the Legal Centre are overseen by in-house lawyers and delivered together with law students.

Newcastle Law School staff also assist students to arrange external placements at other law firms to make up the remaining 180 professional training hours. This is very attractive to potential employers and gives Newcastle graduates a significant advantage over graduates from other universities whose only practical experience has involved simulated client advice sessions, rather than providing advice and other legal assistance to real clients.

Program: Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intakes: February and June each year
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.
Entry Requirements
Entry to the program is available to students that have successfully completed a 3-year bachelor degree in any discipline other than law, from a recognized institution.

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