Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2 , Sess 3
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2 , Sess 3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Discussion board submission (20%) , Assignment 2 - Memorandum of Advice (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 4,440.00

This unit explores lawyers’ professional obligations, the work that lawyers do, the history and ongoing changes in the Australian legal profession. The rules of Ethics and Professional Conduct of the legal profession in Victoria will be studied, together with issues such as trust account management, handling conflicts of interest, client confidentiality, client illegality, ethics in the adversary system and accountability.

Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the rules of ethics and professional conduct that apply to the legal profession
  2. critically evaluate the regulation of the legal profession and identify areas of reform
  3. analyse and research complex problems relating to the legal profession and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives
  4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to legal profession and generate appropriate responses
  5. show effective, appropriate and persuasive collaboration and communication skills for legal and non-legal audiences.
  • Assignment 1 — Discussion board submission (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Memorandum of Advice (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

You are normally expected to have completed all core units of the JD. Exceptions may be granted, at the Program Director's discretion, if you are approaching your final Session(s) of the course.

  • Additional materials

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Admission to practice - the requirements for and process of admission
2The life of the lawyer - the personal skills and responsibilities of professionals
3Relationship with clients - covering the life of the relationship - including billing and trust accounting
4Relations with the profession and third parties -including fellow practitioners, negotiation, and communication
5Duties to the Court - including court etiquette, dealing with officials, contempt, witnesses, and instructing
6Civil and Disciplinary Complaints (where things go wrong and managing the process).

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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