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 $33,375 AUD (2021 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake January and June
Next Available Intake January 2022
Application Deadline No set deadline*


Start your Juris Doctor online

Fantastic news! The University of Newcastle Law School is committed to ensuring that their international students who commence the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (JD/GDLP) program in 2021–22 will be able to progress their studies online on a full-time basis until it is possible to travel to Australia. For further information, please contact OzTREKK’s law admissions officer at

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

As part of the GDLP, you will complete 105 hours of 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.

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



Supervised workplace experience guarantee
You will complete an additional 180 hours of external supervised workplace experience. The University of Newcastle’s dedicated placement officer will actively source an external placement that matches your career goals. Watch our recent webinar with the University of Newcastle about the opportunities students have during their studies to get involved and put their legal know-how into practice.



Study at NeW Space
Newcastle Law School’s contemporary learning space is 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.

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
As a JD student, 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.

OzTREKK Students Say…
Here, former OzTREKK student Kaitlin Jagersky talks about her experience at Newcastle Law School and how it’s helped her career:

Wondering if the Newcastle law program is for you? Check out Demonstrative evidence: Newcastle Law School ladies are fulfilling their dreams!

Admission Requirements

Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 4.0 on a 7.0 scale or above to apply, and meet the University of Newcastle’s English Language requirements.

Admission Timeline

*No set application deadline; however, you are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible.



“…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