Faculty of Law

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2013 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 2 2013 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2013 (Day)



This unit is designed to give students an understanding of the legal profession in its historical and societal contexts, the significance of being a profession and the organisation, structure and regulation of the legal profession in Victoria. The unit will examine critically the role of lawyers in the Australian legal system.


On completing the unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the nature of a profession and the privileges and obligations of being a member of a profession
  2. understand legal practitioners' obligations as trustees of client money
  3. appreciate some current issues and future challenges confronting the legal profession and have reasoned opinions about them
  4. understand how the legal profession is organised and regulated in Victoria and implications of current reforms
  5. understand the ethical and professional obligations of lawyers with respect to clients, the courts, other practitioners, third parties and the community generally
  6. be able to identify ethical issues that arise in the context of legal practice
  7. understand how to resolve ethical issues in accordance with the principles and rules of professional conduct
  8. appreciate the role of personal moral values in professional conduct
  9. understand practitioners' obligations to provide information to clients and in charging legal costs
  10. appreciate the role of lawyers in the Australian state and society.


Research essay 30%
Examination 70%.

Chief examiner(s)

Prof Christine Parker (Trimester 1)
Mr Jamie Walvisch (Trimester 2)
Ms Rachel Chrapot (Trimester 3)

Contact hours

2.5 hours per week x 12 weeks