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Unit description

Provides an understanding of the principles of legal ethics together with a detailed knowledge of the application of these principles in respect of the legal profession. Emphasis will be placed on the most significant ethical considerations encountered by practitioners such as entry and regulation of the profession, delivery and regulation of legal services, duties to clients, duties to lawyers and duties to the courts.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to the Australian legal profession

Topic 2 The ethical framework for lawyers in Australia: Values in Practice

Topic 3 The Responsibility Climate: Competence and Regulation 

Topic 4 Confidentiality: Boundaries and Disclosure

Topic 5 Conflicting Loyalties

Topic 6 Communication

Topic 7 Ethics in Criminal Justice: Proof and Truth

Topic 8 Civil Dispute Resolution & Excessive Adversarialism

Topic 9 Lawyers’ Fees and Costs: Billing and Over Charging

Topic 10 Conclusion: Personal Professionalism Case Study: Corporate Lawyers and Corporate Misconduct

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1critically analyse the principles and concepts of legal ethics and apply them to the practice of lawKnowledge of a discipline
2apply critical judgment and research to legal issues and challenges in the area of legal professional conductEthical practice
3demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to legal audiencesCommunication and social skills
4demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the body of law relevant to legal professional practice.Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically analyse the principles and concepts of legal ethics and apply them to the practice of law
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. apply critical judgment and research to legal issues and challenges in the area of legal professional conduct
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  3. demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to legal audiences
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  4. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the body of law relevant to legal professional practice.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Parker, C & Evans, A, 2018, Inside Lawyers Ethics , 3rd edn, Cambridge University Press , Australia. ISBN: 9781316642009.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 3

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International

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