LAWS 3059 Professional Responsibility and Legal Ethics

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 200020

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Description From 2022 this subject was replaced by LAWS 2015. This unit examines the nature of the legal profession and its role in society. It deals with the professional, legal and ethical responsibilities legal practitioners owe to the law, the courts, their clients and to fellow practitioners, as well as the state and society at large. Students will be able to explain and evaluate the law and practice of legal practitioners, by reference to key topics, such as: professionalism; legal ethics; the history, structure and regulation of the legal profession; and the interpersonal, psychological and cultural factors affecting lawyering. In addition students will be able to demonstrate the process of ethical decision making by selecting and using ethical decision making tools in a legal context.

School Law

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Co-requisite(s) LAWS 1006 OR
LAWS 1003

Equivalent Subjects LGYB 0304 - Professional Conduct and Legal Ethics LGYB 8478 - The Legal Context

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Identify and explain the professional obligations of legal practitioners in an historical, ethical and regulatory context with reference to the duties of legal practitioners.
  2. Communicate in a professional manner and context.
  3. Consider the link between legal, psychological and cultural factors that underpin professional ethical decision making.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the necessity for legal practitioners to effectively and ethically communicate across cultures, particularly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Subject Content

1. The Legal Profession: Issues, Ethics and Lawyering.
2. Professional Communication (including cultural understanding).
3. Duty to the Law, Courts and Fellow Practitioners.
4. Duty to Clients (including basic principles of trust accounting).
5. Admission, Professional Misconduct and Discipline.
6. Psychology and ethical decision making.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Viva Voce Examination 15 minutes 35 N Individual
Final Examination 3 hours 65 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Dal Pont, Lawyers�f Professional Responsibility, (Thomson Reuters, 7th Edition, 2020)

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Campbelltown

Evening

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta City - Macquarie St

Day

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

Evening

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Day

Subject Contact Michael Brogan Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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