Newcastle Juris Doctor course provides strong foundation

In 2015, the University of Newcastle Law School created a new course (a foundation subject) called “Legal System and Method 1,” which aims to assist students to acquire the skills they need to complete their first year of the JD earlier in the year. The subject has been developed following discussions with current JD students and was officially implemented in trimester 1, 2016 (just before the regular semester 1 begins; and as such, requires students to be at Newcastle a few weeks prior to the traditional late-February program start).

“Legal System and Method I” is the first foundational course in the Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. It introduces students to the core intellectual and analytical skills in the discipline of law. In addition, the course begins the process of professional education through the study of professional written communication skills. It also orients students to the core subjects they study in the first year of their degree and to the University Legal Centre, where, in later years, they will undertake studies relevant to the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice.

University of Newcastle Law School Juris Doctor

The Juris Doctor and the embedded Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the University of Newcastle is designed to equip students with the knowledge, clinical experience and qualification for admission into legal practice in Australia. Students will study the JD concurrently with the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, allowing them to develop both high-level academic and legal skills, while also providing practical and real-world experience.

Program: Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Location: Newcastle (Callaghan)
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: February
Application deadline: There is no official application deadline; however, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date.


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