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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Admission to practice - the requirements for and process of admission
    • The life of the lawyer - the personal skills and responsibilities of professionals
    • Relationship with clients - covering the life of the relationship - including billing and trust accounting
    • Relations with the profession and third parties -including fellow practitioners, negotiation, and communication
    • Duties to the Court - including court etiquette, dealing with officials, contempt, witnesses, and instructing
    • Civil and Disciplinary Complaints (where things go wrong and managing the process).
  • Study resources
    • Online Materials
      • Audio-Video streaming

Upon successful completion of this subject 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 - Memorandum of Advice (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Discussion board submission (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Invigilated Exam (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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.

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