Course Title: Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Legal Practice Management and Professional Conduct

Credit Points: 12.00


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,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Lola Akin Ojelabi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6063

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced pre-requisites:

049813 – LAW2527/LAW2528 Advanced Contract Law

040019 – LAW1023/LAW2400 Administrative Law

040020 -  LAW1024/LAW2404 Australian Property Law

040022 – LAW1026/LAW2406 Australian Company Law

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.

This course provides you with a capstone experience, which will give you the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt in your program.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

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.

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop, and the weighting of each assessment task:

Assessment Task 1: 20% 
Linked CLOs: 2, 4, 5 

Assessment Task 2: 30% 
Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 4, 5 

Assessment Task 3: 50% 
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4