LEGAL PRACTICE AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

LAW5PPC

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The subject focuses on what constitutes ethical legal practice and conduct. This includes examining the legal practitioner's duty to the administration of law, the courts, clients and fellow practitioners and issues of personal and professional conduct. The context for this study is the issue of professional responsibility, reforms in the regulation of the legal profession and access to justice concerns. 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.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJudith Gutman

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in the Juris Doctor (LMJD)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLawyers' Professional ResponsibilityPrescribedG E Dal Pont, latest editionLawbook company

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically evaluate the regulatory, complaint and disciplinary processes applicable to the Victorian legal profession and problem-solve strategies to handle them in an appropriate and professional manner

Activities:
seminar exercise, written assignment and exmaination

02. Demonstrate a well developed understanding of the Legal Profession Uniform Law, statutory regulations and rules and the common law governing legal practitioners' conduct in relation to clients, the courts and other practitioners.

Activities:
seminar exercise, written assignment and exmaination

03. Critically examine and reflect on ethical dilemmas facing a legal practitioner and problem solve pathways to handle then in an appropriate and professional manner.

Activities:
seminar exercise, written assignment and exmaination

04. Compare and interpret the professional and ethical responsibilities of a legal practitioner having regard to a variety of lawyering paradigms and conceptual frameworks.

Activities:
seminar exercise, written assignment and exmaination

05. Demonstrate a high level of understanding of the obligations to the the holding of money on trust.

Activities:
seminar exercise, written assignment and exmaination

06. Research and reflect on current issues pertaining to legal practice in Victoria

Activities:
seminar exercise, written assignment and exmaination

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJudith Gutman

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 2.5 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays at night from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 4.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Seminar exercise (500 word equivalent)10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Written assignment (3000 word equivalent)50 01, 02, 06
Examination (2500 word equivalent)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06