The University of Newcastle

Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice



University Location Newcastle, New South Wales
City Population 446,000
Student Population 37,000
Int'l Student Population 7,000
Main Campus Callaghan (Newcastle)
Program Campus Newcastle City
Program Duration 3 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $34,210 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake January & June
Next Available Intake January 2023
Application Deadline No set deadline*


Newcastle Law School is Australia’s leading clinical law school, and has some of the highest rates of graduate law employment in the country, excellent teaching staff, and a world-class legal research program.

In 2017, the University of Newcastle moved its Faculty of Business and Law to the new $95-million, state-of-the-art NUspace facility, right in the heart of the city of Newcastle.

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Former OzTREKK student Dave Lotimer explains how an international education and Newcastle Law School’s practical experience has helped him and his career.

University of Newcastle Law Students’ Association
Since 1994, the University of Newcastle Law Students’ Association has promoted the interests of Newcastle law students within the university, the legal profession and the wider community.

The association is an active student group participating in many legal competitions, including mooting, witness examination and negotiation, and professional and social events.


At NUspace, you will study the Juris Doctor concurrently with the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, allowing you to develop both high-level academic and legal skills while also receiving practical and real-world experience.

Law in Practice
Real client experience is central to the Newcastle model of clinical legal education. Whether you undertake the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, the practice program is undertaken during the final two years of your law degree. You’ll work with real clients and their legal problems at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre and in externships.

A key component of the program is 285 hours of legal professional workplace experience, with a minimum of 105 hours of placement undertaken at the legal clinic. You’ll have the opportunity to work on major public interest cases where there may have been miscarriages of justice or human rights violations, including assisting persons seeking asylum.

As part of the placement program, students intensively participate in legal advice clinics, as well as prepare and deliver seminars and workshops to community groups, including newly arrived international students in its “Street Law” project.

JD students participate in externships and external placements at law firms, locally or interstate and overseas. Placements are also arranged in government departments and agencies, and with barristers, the Aboriginal Legal Service, Legal Aid and the Hunter Community Legal Centre.

Law on the Beach
As a JD student, you 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.

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Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7/4.0 (approximately 70%) or above, and meet the University of Newcastle’s English Language requirements. Each applicant’s average is calculated over all years of university study.

The University of Newcastle does not require the LSAT for entry.

Admission Timeline

*While there is no set application deadline, you are encouraged to apply at least 3 months prior to the program start date.



“…that practical experience really enhanced my resume and my skills”

They allow you to take master-level courses as well as more electives so that gives you more freedom to choose what type of education and courses you receive. Because of the JD program, you are also able to have the practical experience working both at the Legal Centre at the university as well as other local law firms, and by far, that practical experience really enhanced my resume and my skills and definitely helped me excel in my legal practice... as well as helped get employment here in Ontario.

UON, Australia Kaitlin J
The University of Newcastle, 2018

“Newcastle offers a very practical and hands on experience”

Newcastle offers the JD combined with the GDLP....  Newcastle offers a very practical and hands on experience.

UON, Australia Nick G
The University of Newcastle, 2018


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

UON, Australia Matthew O
The University of Newcastle, 2015

“Everyone is very helpful”

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.

UON, Australia Jasveen B
The University of Newcastle, 2014

“Very beneficial and competitive in the diploma in legal practice area”

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

UON, Australia Renee T
The University of Newcastle, 2014

“I love everything about the program”

The weather, and the people, they're just so chill and relaxed! I love everything about the program. 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!

UON, Australia Taija K
The University of Newcastle, 2014

“My university is very helpful and very accommodating to international students”

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.... It is a great experience and that my university is very helpful and very accommodating to international students.

UON, Australia Paulina K
The University of Newcastle, 2014

“I really appreciated the personal connection between professors and students”

Studying law at Newcastle was a great adventure for me. 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.

UON, Australia Dave L
The University of Newcastle, 2014