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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies program is an interdisciplinary program that studies the history and core learning principles of the discipline of Indigenous Studies. It also explores how critical and creative thinking occurs within Indigenous Studies. The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree is offered as a five year full-time program offered in combination with other degree programs including the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies. The Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degree meets the academic requirements needed to gain admission to the practice of law in New South Wales. As well as providing the academic basis for admission to legal practice, law is now regarded as a useful general education, fostering understanding of how society functions, and developing skills of analytical and logical reasoning. During the first three years, combined degree students enrol in the courses offered by the Faculty of Business and Law as part of the Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (LLB (Hons)), as well as courses within the Bachelor of Global Indigenous Students. During the final two years they enrol in LAWS courses only.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrated a broad and coherent understanding of the Aboriginal/Indigenous global studies disciplines including Indigenous histories, cultures, principle concepts, decolonisation and other theoretical perspectives (Depth in least one related specialist area)
  • Lateral thinking to solve legal problems through the range of available dispute resolution mechanisms
  • Advanced oral communication skills.
  • Advanced written communication skills
  • The capacity to recognise the importance of acting as a professional advocate for the rule of law.
  • Professional skills to the maintenance and reform of the legal system
  • The highest ethical standards in discharging responsibilities to clients, other professionals, the courts and the public.
  • The capacity to understand, evaluate and critically reflect upon the interaction of law and society.
  • Demonstrated cognitive, creative, analytical, and critical skills to effectively plan, analyse present and implement activities in the global discipline and related areas
  • Demonstrated a capacity to synthesise theoretical understanding and skills, with a focus on leadership, to effectively plan, analyse, present and implement activities within the discipline and with non-specialist audiences
  • Demonstrated a critical understanding of ethical and reflective practice to include Indigenous centred perspectives that underlie the globally based discipline
  • The capacity to provide professional advice, based on specialised knowledge of law and its application in diverse contexts, to employers, government and individual clients.
  • Recognised Law as a dynamic discipline requiring professional lifelong learning and skill development.
  • The technical and cognitive skills required to plan and conduct advanced legal research tasks independently
  • the technical and cognitive skills required to plan and conduct advanced legal research tasks in collaboration with others
  • Critical thinking skills to analyse the formation, content and operation of the law

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business and Law



Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
A$30,995.00 (16,59,261) per year
The University of Newcastle is pleased to announce a new Study from Home Fee Waiver for commencing international students who cannot study in Australia due to border closures. Do not delay your study plans – start studying online and complete your studies in Australia when borders open. For students who commence studies online and offshore, we are offering a discount of up to 20%.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

21 February 2022


Newcastle City campus

Cnr King and Auckland Streets,


New South Wales,

2300, NEWCASTLE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

There are a number of ways to gain entry to undergraduate programs at the University of Newcastle. You may be considered for admission on the basis of: a completed NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or equivalent – irrespective of age of qualification; completed or partly completed higher education studies; TAFE/VET qualifications, with a minimum of a completed Certificate III (AQF level 3), excluding the Bachelor of Nursing; TAFE/VET qualifications, with a minimum of a completed Certificate II (AQF level 2) in conjunction with meeting additional performance based selection criteria for the Bachelor of Music and associated combined degrees; completion of a recognised enabling program within a 10 year period preceding admission to the University; overseas qualifications equivalent to Australian studies. English language requirement: TOEFL paper-based test score of 500; TOEFL internet based score of 60; IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0; PTE GSE score of 50; Cambridge English: Advanced score of 52.

For international students

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC).

There is no direct entry into this program. Entry is via transfer from Bachelor of Laws (Honours) combined degree after completion of the non-law part of your degree.

TOEFL paper-based test score of 500; TOEFL internet based score of 60; IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0; PTE GSE score of 50; Cambridge English: Advanced score of 52.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

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About University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

  • 15 of its subjects are placed in the world’s top 200
  • Ranked 8th in Australia by Excellence in Research Australia
  • At AUD 113M it’s 9th in Australia for research income (HERDC)
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