Course Title: Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


615H Accounting


Sem 2 2009


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,

Course Coordinator: Dr Adam Fletcher

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5230

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods

Course Description

This course explores lawyers’ professional obligations, the work that lawyers do, the history and ongoing changes in the Australian legal profession. The rules of Ethics and Professional Conduct of the legal profession in Victoria will be studied, together with issues such as trust account management, handling conflicts of interest, client confidentiality, client illegality, ethics in the adversary system and accountability.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the rules of ethics and professional conduct that apply to the legal profession;
2. critically evaluate the regulation of the legal profession and identify areas of reform;
3. analyse and research complex problems relating to the legal profession and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to legal profession and generate appropriate responses;
5. show effective, appropriate and persuasive collaboration and communication skills for legal and non-legal audiences.

Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives listed above this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise the following:

* Leading class discussion on legal problems and policy issues.
* Engaging in legal research by traditional means but also using electronic legal data bases and internet searching,
* Participation in class discussion
* Working in teams
* Class Presentations

Overview of Learning Resources

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:


Overview of Assessment

The courses of the RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law use assessment to measure and report on your achievement of capabilities against learning outcomes and to provide you with feedback on your performance and progress. Generally, assessment you will face in this course may include group assignments and presentations, individual assignments, class presentations, participation, and an end of semester examination.