1 x 10-hour on-line exercises weekly
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 Admission into JD-Juris Doctor
2 ^ LLAW9601 - The Australian Legal System
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Assignment(s), Examination(s), Test(s), Oral, Collaborative Workshop Exercises
Topic description
This topic builds on exposure to ethical considerations in other topics and provides an overview of the regulatory framework for the legal profession, including a focus on lawyers’ professional responsibility obligations. This topic also enables students to explore their identity as emerging legally literate professionals.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  1. Provide students with knowledge and skills to respond appropriately to ethical issues
  2. Provide students with an understanding of the regulation of the legal profession in Australia
  3. Enhance students’ understanding of legal practitioners’ duties to the law, the court, clients and other third parties
  4. Provide students with the skills to effectively reflect on their emerging professional identities.
Expected learning outcomes
It is expected that as a result of work in this topic, students will:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of

    (a) regulation of the legal, professional, and ethical obligations of legal professionals; and

    (b) the broader context of legal services delivery; as well as

    (c) the importance of professional wellbeing and resilience.

  2. demonstrate ability to:

    (a) understand approaches to ethical decision making;

    (b) recognise and reflect upon, and a developing ability to respond to, ethical issues likely to arise in professional contexts;

    (c) recognise and reflect upon the professional responsibilities of lawyers in promoting justice and in service to the community; and

    (d) exercise professional judgment,

    in the context of being a legal professional.

  3. demonstrate ability to:

    (a) identify and articulate complex legal issues;

    (b) apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate jurisprudential and practical responses to legal issues;

    (c) engage in critical analysis and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives, and

    (d) demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses,

    in the context of being a legal professional.

  4. demonstrate intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions, as well as to identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues in the context of being a legal professional;

  5. demonstrate ability to:

    (a) communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences; and

    (b) collaborate effectively,

    in the context of being a legal professional.

  6. demonstrate ability to:

    (a) learn and work with a high level of autonomy, accountability and professionalism, and

    (b) reflect on and assess their own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.