University of Newcastle Legal Centre
The University of Newcastle Law School is a supportive and research-focused school, deeply committed to teaching. The 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 University of 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.
The school has established a reputation for innovative legal education. Students gain practical legal experience through the university’s unique University of Newcastle Legal Centre, which provides an intensive clinical placement site for students, giving law 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 University of Newcastle Law School values community engagement and offer a range of services for members of the public, including free legal services, law clinics and seminars.
University of Newcastle Law School academics Sher Campbell and Shaun McCarthy see the UNLC as a way to open pathways for students by developing both their intellectual and practical skills.
“We’re not just interested in churning out lawyers; we educate the whole student and that’s what we do right from the beginning,” Sher Campbell stated.
“First day on the job they’re up on their feet in the court advocating for a client,” added Shaun McCarthy.
The University of Newcastle Legal Centre provides free legal advice and information to members of the community on a range of matters including the following:
- Family law
- Victim’s compensation
- Criminal law
- Wills, powers of attorney, enduring guardianship
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Consumer and fair trading issues
- Neighbour disputes
- Public interest matters
- Mental health
- Social security
University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor (JD) Program
The University of Newcastle Law School is now offering a Juris Doctor (JD) degree!
Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline; however, it isrecommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.
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; or other post-secondary qualification from a recognized institution assessed by the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor to be equivalent. Applicants must also meet the English Language requirements of the University of Newcastle.