Legal Practice & Professional Conduct
Duration: 1 Teaching Period
Unit Code: LAW30015
Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week
About this unit
This is a (Priestley 11) unit (VLAB required area of study) – completion is required for eligibility for admission to practice as a legal practitioner in Australia
This unit enables students, through the study of cases, statutes and other material, to acquire and demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of, and competence in, legal practice and professional conduct. It immerses students in the concept of professional responsibility and the particular responsibilities lawyers have to their clients, the courts, the profession and to others. It also examines the regulation of the legal profession including the costs lawyers may charge and recover, restrictions on the conduct of legal practice, professional misconduct, disciplinary proceedings and trust accounting.
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
- Describe and evaluate the legal and ethical responsibilities of lawyers to their clients, the courts, the profession and to others and apply it to a factual situation they might encounter in practice
- Locate and interpret statutory provisions relevant to the professional practice of the law and apply it to a factual situation they might encounter in practice
- Outline the complaints and disciplinary procedures applicable to the legal profession
- Describe and apply the requirements and operation of trust account rules
- Collaboratively conduct legal practice and ethics related research and use the results of that research in the development of a legal argument.