Course Title: Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LAW1037

City Campus

Postgraduate

615H Accounting

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2009

LAW1037

City Campus

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2011,
Spring2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Spring2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Spring2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Spring2015,
PGRDFlex16,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Kathy Douglas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2037

Course Coordinator Email: kathy.douglas@rmit.edu.au

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

Students will be advised of the prescribed text for this course and other reading materials upon enrolment.


This course is supported online using the Learning Hub. The learning hub gives access to important announcements; staff contact details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials. The Learning Hub of the DLS can be found at http://www.rmit.edu.au/online.
 


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.