• Offered by ANU College of Law
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Simon Rice
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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The course Lawyers Justice and Ethics (LJE) builds on the learning outcomes of LAWS6101 Foundations of Law (FAL) in two significant ways.  First, within the framework of the Australian legal system studied in FAL, LJE examines the role of lawyers (who they are, what they do, how they do it), the idea of access to justice (how people have access to lawyers and the legal system), and the meaning of values, morals and lawyers’ ethical duties.  Secondly, building on the skills component of FAL, LJE teaches further skills necessary for effective legal study such as legal research, essay writing, critical analysis, and personal reflection.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

LJE looks at law, lawyers and the legal system critically (asking ‘why is it so?’), and in context (asking ‘what else is going on?’).  By the end of the course students should be able to
• explain the history, role and operating structures of lawyers in Australia
• identify, and analyse and evaluate, competing views on issues pf values, morality and ethics that arise in the work of lawyers
• distinguish different ethical roles that lawyers can adopt
• identify ethical issues in actual legal practice situations and propose a reasoned resolution of the issue
• explain different conceptions of justice and the meaning of ‘access to justice’, and
• illustrate barriers to justice and engage in rational argument to identify solutions to those barriers.  
Students should as well be able to
• conduct and apply legal research in support of an argument
• analyse and evaluate competing propositions and perspectives
• apply ethical rules to circumstances; and
• reflect critically on the roles and ethics of lawyers in society.

Indicative Assessment

There are four mandatory activities: 80% class attendance, regular online discussion contribution, a plea exercise, and a research tutorial. Students are required to complete each of them, but their doing so is not a factor in grading. If students do not complete each of the mandatory activities they will receive a grade of NCN (incomplete) for the course.
There are four assessable activities: class participation (10%); take-home problem task (40%); personal reflection (10%); and research assignment (40%).

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying the Juris Doctor and must have completed LAWS1201 Foundations of Australian Law, or be studying LAWS6101 Foundations of Australian Law.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3090
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4350
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3521 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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