This course (LJE) builds on the learning outcomes of LAWS6101 Foundations of Law in three significant ways. First, within the framework of the Australian legal system studied in LAWS6101, LJE examines the role and ethical obligations of lawyers as the principal representatives and interpreters of the legal system. Secondly, LJE analyses perceptions of justice in and through law. Finally, building on the skills component of LAWS6102, LJE 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:
- Reflect critically on the roles of lawyers and the legal system, and propose reforms to address the limitations on access to justice in our society.
- Explore the ethical dimensions of legal practice and critique the efficacy of the regulation of professional conduct in Australia.
- Identify, apply and assess substantive rules and principles governing professional conduct in respect of lawyers’ duties to: the law, the administration of justice, clients, fellow practitioners and others.
- Develop and defend strategies to respond ethically to challenges that arise for practising lawyers in seeking to discharge their professional obligations.
- Critically analyse different conceptions of justice, including an exploration of the perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
- Undertake legal research and defend findings to a variety of audiences, both orally and in writing which uses academic structure and expression and is supported by accurate referencing.
- The indicative assessment for Lawyers, Justice and Ethics includes class participation, a seminar presentation, quizz and a research essay. (null) [LO null]
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The course is taught for three hours each week over a semester, in a mixture of lectures and seminars. There is a minimum attendance requirement for seminars, and marks are deducted for failure to attend. Students are generally expected to devote 10 hours overall per week to this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Readings are prescribed for each week, week by week.
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