Unit aim

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 legal profession in NSW and Australia
Topic 2 The ethical framework for lawyers in Australia
Topic 3 Structure and regulation, admission and discipline
Topic 4 Discipline
Topic 5 Representation
Topic 6 Competence and care
Topic 7 Confidentiality and privilege
Topic 8 Conflict of interest
Topic 9 Communication and control
Topic 10 The adversarial system

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

Session 2

  • (Casebook): Ross, Y & MacFarlane, P, 2014, Lawyers Responsibility and Accountability, Cases Problems and Commentary , 4th edn, Butterworths.
  • Ross, Y, 2014, Ethics in Law, 6th edn, Butterworths.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

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