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What will I learn?

Newcastle Law School’s Juris Doctor (JD) and the embedded Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) will not only open doors to employment as a lawyer, it will provide you with professional skills and attributes that are in high demand in other industries and professions.

At most other law schools, once you finish your JD you must then undertake practical legal training and supervised legal workplace experience before you can apply to be a lawyer. Our JD/GDLP combines all three so that you can be ready to practise law after three years of full time study, without further supervision or training. The JD/GDLP is not only accredited in Australia; with some further study it can help qualify you to practise law in a number of other common law countries, including Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

What you will study

The Juris Doctor (JD) / Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice comprises 280 units (i.e 28 x 10 unit courses), which includes 210 units of core courses including the Legal Practice courses, plus 70 units of directed courses chosen from a list of 40 courses (subject to availability).

Students can choose directed courses that they are interested in from a range of areas including (subject to availability):

  • Advanced Criminal Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Competition Law and Policy
  • Corporate Power and Corporate Accountability: Pathways to Socially Responsible Business
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Equal Opportunity Law
  • Family Law
  • Indigenous Peoples, Issues and the Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Air and Space Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Internet Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law and Religion
  • Law for Startups
  • Mediation Skills and Theory
  • Mining Law
  • Taxation Law

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business and Law



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,375.00 (US$ 24,344) 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

24 January 2022, 13 June 2022


Newcastle City campus

Cnr King and Auckland Streets,


New South Wales,

2300, NEWCASTLE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Entry to the JD/GradDipLegPrac is available to students who have successfully completed:

a tertiary qualification of 3-year Level 7 Bachelor Degree or Level 9 Masters Degree other than Law from a recognised institution with a GPA of 4.0 or above; or

a tertiary qualification of 3-year Level 7 Bachelor Degree or Level 9 Masters Degree other than Law from a recognised institution with a GPA of 3.5 or above if assessed as suitable by the Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice Program Convenor on a case by case basis; or

an AQF Level 8 Honours or Embedded Honours degree from a recognised institution; or

other tertiary qualification from a recognised institution assessed by the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor or delegate to be equivalent and with a similar level of attainment as provided above.

TOEFL paper-based test score of 589; TOEFL internet based score of 94; IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0; PTE GSE score of 65; Cambridge English: Advanced score of 67.

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


About University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle offers more than 180 undergraduate and postgraduate programs across a wide variety of subject areas.

  • 15 of its subjects are placed in the world’s top 200
  • Ranked as one of the top 200 universities worldwide
  • Over 180 undergraduate and postgraduate study options
  • International students supported by a dedicated team