University of Newcastle

Juris Doctor / Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

University of Newcastle

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00109J

Designed for university graduates, 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, after you finish your JD you must then undertake practical legal training and arrange supervised legal workplace experience before you can apply to be a lawyer. As part of the embedded GDLP, we provide the required practical legal training and we guarantee to arrange the required supervised legal workplace experience for you. This means you can be ready to practise law after three years of full time study, with no need for further supervision or training before you start your legal career. 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.


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).


  • Law

Standard entry requirements

Entry to the JD/GradDipLegPrac is available to students who have one of the following qualifications with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 or above: a Bachelor Degree, a Bachelor Honours Degree, a Master's Degree. Students who have gained one of the above qualifications from a University outside of Australia in the discipline of law with a GPA of 4.0 or above can be admitted. Students with a Bachelor of Laws degree from an Australian University cannot be admitted. Applicants with one of the above qualifications with a GPA of 3.5 may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students with an overseas law degree qualification can apply for up to 80 units of specified or unspecified credit through recognition of prior learning. Where a student seeks specified credit for one or more of the eleven courses normally required for admission to practice law in Australia (known as the Priestley 11), then this will be considered where applicants have satisfied the NSW Legal Profession Admissions Board (or the equivalent body in another Australian state) that courses completed at the relevant overseas institution are substantially equivalent to the courses for which they are seeking specified credit. English proficiency: IELTS overall minimum - 7.0, IELTS section minimum - 6.5


The Juris Doctor (JD)/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice is accredited by the Legal Profession Admission Board of New South Wales.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Newcastle City Precinct Domestic: $26,070
International: $123,188
  • Full-time : 3 years

Further information

Newcastle Law School is a welcoming community. The School's award-winning teachers actively seek to get to know students. Similarly, the very active University of Newcastle Law Students' Association (UNLSA) is at the heart of the student community and allows students to form relationships that help at university and beyond. Newcastles Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program will not only open doors to employment as a lawyer, it provides professional skills and attributes that are in high demand in other industries and professions.

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