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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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

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Teaching and assessment


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