Summer Session 2015-16 lec > subject pages > legal ethics

Legal Ethics has been designed to avoid a philosophical and purely academic approach to the recognition of the demands and standards imposed upon or expected of practitioners.  Therefore, as well as stressing the fundamental duties and obligations, the apparent conflicts and their resolution, time is also spent in considering the disciplinary apparatus and functions.

The course has limited opportunity to consider hypothetical examples but these are considered important, so as to bring home the point that, in practice, grave problems often arise without warning.

The objectives of the course are therefore:

(a)    to give the student a sound background of the statute, common law and rules and regulations which govern professional practice as a barrister or solicitor;

(b)    to provide guidance as to what can go wrong, how to recognise a problem, and what help is available, and what may occur where there has been an ethical breach.

The Legal Ethics examination typically casts problem type questions, requiring the student to analyse the issues, consider the practical and legal issues, and answer several tasks based on the factual matter in the question.



Lecture and weekend school timetables, prescribed materials, and assignment information are in the Subject Guide. Assignments and Supplementary Materials (where applicable) can be accessed by current students from the Webcampus.








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