This course ('LJE-JD') builds on the learning outcomes of LAWS6101 Foundations of Law in two significant ways. First, within the framework of the Australian legal system studied in LAWS6101, LJE examines the role, operation and effect of law in society, focussing on the part that lawyers play as the principal representatives and interpreters of the legal system, and on perceptions of justice in and through law. Secondly, building on the skills component of LAWS6101, LJE-JD teaches further skills necessary for effective legal study: critical analysis, essay writing and well-reasoned argument.
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 of 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.
- The assessment for Lawyers, Justice and Ethics will include class participation, quizzes, an annotated bibliography, a critical reading assignment, and a research essay. (null) [LO null]
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