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-ordinatorOz Susler

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesSeminar exercises, written assignment and examination

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesLAW5PCL AND LAW5PTO


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Lawyers' Professional Responsibility

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorG E Dal Pont



PublisherLawbook company


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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
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.
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.
04. Compare and interpret the professional and ethical responsibilities of a legal practitioner having regard to a variety of lawyering paradigms and conceptual frameworks.
05. Demonstrate a high level of understanding of the obligations to the holding of money on trust.
06. Research and reflect on current issues pertaining to legal practice in Victoria

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City Campus, 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorOz Susler

Class requirements

Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.50 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 6.00 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Seminar exercises (500 word equivalent) Case briefs, topic briefs, online forum, group problem solving exercises

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6

Written assignment (3000 word equivalent) Research into a topic selected by the student, out of two or more topics provided by the lecturer

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO6

Examination (2500 word equivalent) Centrally administered examination

N/AOther written examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6