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Postgraduate | RMI-OJD416-2023

Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct

Know your professional obligations by studying ethics and professional conduct in the legal profession in Victoria. You’ll cover managing trust accounts, handling conflicts, confidentiality, client illegality, and ethics in the adversary system. 

Study method

100% online


Subject may require attendance

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


14 weeks

Start dates

  • 17 July 2023

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Upfront cost


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About this subject

What you'll learn

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.
    • Please refer to RMIT University’s Learning Management System - Canvas, for further details.
  • 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.

    This course provides you with a capstone experience, which will give you the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt in your program.

  • The courses of the RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law use assessment to measure and report on your achievement of capabilities against learning outcomes and to provide you with feedback on your performance and progress. The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop, and the weighting of each assessment task:

    • Assessment Task 1, Linked CLOs 2,4,5 (20%)
    • Assessment Task 2, Linked CLOs 1 3,4,5 (30%)
    • Invigilated Exam - Linked CLOs 1,2,3,4 (50%)
  • For textbook details check your university's handbook, website or learning management system (LMS).

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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • RMI-LAW-MAS-2023 - Juris Doctor

Prior study

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:

Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s).


As this is a Capstone course, you are normally expected to have completed all core subjects of the JD.

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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Juris Doctor