LAW320 Professional Conduct

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Updated: 26 May 2020
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites 48cp in Law including (LS231 or LAW231 or LAW131) and candidature in BA/LLB or BAgr/LLB or BBus/LLB or BCom/LLB or BCompSc/LLB or BCrim/LLB or BEcon/LLB or BEnvSc/LLB or BFinAdmin/LLB or BFinServ/LLB or BSc/LLB or JD or GradDipLegStuds or LLB
Co-requisites None
Restrictions LS320
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Karen Conte-Mills (
Unit Description

This unit examines the ethics of modern legal professional practice and also the principles relating to management of trust accounts. Topics include trust accounting, professionalism and legal ethics, the history, structure and regulation of the legal profession, admission, discipline, duties of representation, communication and control, conflicts of interest, costs and liens, liability, immunity and indemnity.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Ethics and Legal Professionalism in Australia

ISBN: 9780190309800
Baron, P. and Corbin, L., Oxford University Press 2nd ed. 2017

Note: Electronic devices are not permitted in a paper-based exam. Therefore, if you choose to purchase this text as an e-book, you will not be permitted to use it in a paper-based open book exam. If the unit has an online supervised exam and you choose to sit the open book exam online (go to Online Supervised Exams for more information) you will be permitted to refer to the e-text during the online supervised exam, only if it is on the desktop/laptop computer.

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 40% 1500
Assessment Notes

Research assignment/hypothetical

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Open Book Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 60% 2000
Assessment Notes

There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will be offered online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. use cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of the values, principles and standards of practice articulated in the professional codes of ethics, provisions of relevant statutes and case law; the alternative philosophical perspectives on the nature of ethics; and have an understanding of the principles of trust accounting;
  2. demonstrate a well-developed ability to identify and analyse value conflicts and ethical dilemmas that occur in professional legal practice and apply the relevant regulation and principles to resolve those issues;
  3. use initiative and judgement to critically analyse, synthesise, and consolidate a persuasive and coherent legal argument that applies the relevant regulation and theoretical insights to both practical issues and theoretical understandings eg, on the role of the lawyer in society; and
  4. demonstrate a highly-developed ability to act autonomously to present a clear and coherent exposition of the relevant knowledge that evidences legal research, legal reasoning and professional judgment to questions relating to professional responsibility.