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Juris Doctor - Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

The University of Newcastle, Australia

36 months
34210 AUD/year
26720 AUD/year
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Designed for university graduates, the Juris Doctor - Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program from University of Newcastle 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.


Why study with us?

  • Study at Australia’s premier clinical law school – You will not just learn how the law works in theory; you will get extensive supervised experience helping real people with real legal issues.
  • University of Newcastle Legal Centre – You will complete the first 105 hours of your required supervised legal workplace experience in our own legal centre, under the supervision of the law school’s solicitors.
  • Supervised workplace experience guarantee – For your remaining 180 hours of required supervised workplace experience, our dedicated placement officer will actively source an external placement for you – none of our students miss out.
  • Study at NUspace – Our contemporary learning space is located 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.
  • Highly competitive tuition fees – Students at many other Australian law schools commonly pay tens of thousands of dollars more to complete a JD and a GDLP than you will pay at UON. Accommodation in Newcastle is also significantly more affordable than in nearby Sydney.

Professional placement

Newcastle Law School is the only law school in Australia that both runs its own legal centre and directly provides students with the practical legal training and much of the supervised clinical legal experience required to qualify to practise law.

As part of the Juris Doctor - Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program from University of Newcastle, students undertake 285 hours of legal professional workplace experience. A minimum of 105 hours of that practical experience is undertaken at the University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC), under the supervision of the Law School’s solicitors – either in the legal centre itself or as part of our ‘Law on the Beach’ program during the summer term. Students have intensive interaction with clients and extensive real client casework including drafting letters, submissions, undertaking research, drafting court documents and appearing in court with a UNLC lawyer. This is very attractive to potential employers and gives Newcastle graduates a significant advantage.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Legal System and Method 
  • Property
  • Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Dispute Resolution
  • Evidence
  • Company Law
  • Professional Conduct

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International: It is recommended you submit your application a minimum of 12 weeks before your intended semester or trimester start date.


280 alternative credits


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General requirements

CRICOS code: 079631E

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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    34210 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 34210 AUD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    26720 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26720 AUD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Newcastle

1333 - 2400 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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