Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: Two 2-hour seminars per week and occasional common lectures |
Total Time Commitment: 144 hours
Legal Method and Reasoning; Principles of Public Law; Torts; Dispute Resolution; Obligations, or in each case their equivalents.
Note: Graduate LLB students (three-year program) will be permitted to enrol in Legal Ethics at the same time as Torts and Dispute Resolution, and the Obligations prerequisite will be waived.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||730-112 Dispute Resolution and Legal Ethics; 730-410 Dispute Resolution and Legal Ethics; 730-383 Professional Conduct; 730-383 Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct; 730-455 Legal Ethics in Context. Students who have successfully completed any of these subjects will not be allowed to study this subject.|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
CoordinatorAssoc Prof Shaun Mcveigh, Dr Linda Haller
Semester 1 Coordinator: Associate Professor Shaun McVeigh
Semester 2 Coordinator: Dr Linda Haller
|Subject Overview:||Legal Ethics is a practical and critical introduction to ethical decision-making for lawyers. The subject has two main components. Firstly, it introduces different moral approaches to legal ethics, focusing on the justifications for and criticisms of the traditional adversarial advocate approach and alternatives to it. Students will be expected to be able to apply different moral approaches to fact scenarios and to be able to articulate and explain which approach/es they find most convincing for each scenario and why. Secondly, the course examines the way that lawyers' ethics and conduct are regulated including the co-regulatory disciplinary process, the professional conduct standards that regulate lawyers including those relating to conflicts of interest, confidentiality and duties owed to the court and other practitioners, and the general law of lawyering, including principles relating to the holding of money on trust, obligations in equity, contract and tort as well as procedural obligations in litigation. Students will be expected to be able to identify and resolve ethical issues that arise in legal practice using the professional conduct rules and law of lawyering. Students will also be expected to be able to critically assess the way lawyers' ethics are regulated by these rules against different moral approaches to legal ethics.|
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
Mid-semester assignment. 2500 words. Worth 50%.
Final examination. Open book. Two hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading time. Worth 50%.
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills:
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