LEGAL PRACTICE AND CONDUCT

LAW3LPC

2017

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

This subject focusses primarily on ethical legal practice and conduct. This includes examining the legal practitioner's duty to the administration of law, the courts, clients and fellow practitioners, issues of personal and professional conduct. The context for this study is the issue of access to justice and reforms in the legal profession. Students are encouraged to reflect on how a legal practitioner's duties and ethics are relevant to daily legal practice, as well as on the efficacy of law, the legal system, the legal profession and the nature of justice. 

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems, now and in the future.  The emphasis LAW3LPC Legal Practice and Conduct is the role of the ethical practitioner in the legal system and the importance of practitioner duties to the sustainability of the justice system, and thus to society as a whole.










SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJudith Gutman

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of 120cps of LAW subjects

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LAW4LPP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be admitted to any Bachelor of Laws UG degree or have permission from Law Director of Programs

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
Discipline SpecificLegal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 (Vic)Prescribed2014**
ReadingsInside Lawyers' Ethics 2nd Ed - Lawyers' Professional Responsibility 5th EdRecommendedParker, C & Evans, A (2014) Dal Pont, G (2013)Cambridge Thomson Reuters

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. To describe and illustrate knowledge of the regulatory, complaint and disciplinary processes applicable to the Victorian legal profession.

Activities:
Lecture, seminar, assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills

02. To apply the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014(Vic) rules and the common law governing legal practitioners conduct in relation to the administration of justice, the courts, clients, and other practitioners.

Activities:
Lecture, seminar, assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

03. To identify ethical dilemmas facing a legal practitioner and analyse how to handle them in an appropriate and professional manner.

Activities:
Lecture, seminar, assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills

04. To identify and analyse the professional and ethical responsibilities of a legal practitioner having regard to a variety of lawyering paradigms and conceptual frameworks.

Activities:
Lecture, seminar assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Personal and Professional Skills

05. To identify the principles relating to legal practitioners and the holding of money on trust

Activities:
Lecture, seminar assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills

06. To identify and analyse current issues pertaining to legal practice in Victoria

Activities:
Lecture, seminar assessment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJudith Gutman

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
class participation10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
one 2,000-word assignment35 02, 03, 04, 06
one 2-hour examination55 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06