CQUniversity Unit Profile

In Progress

Please note that this Unit Profile is still in progress. The content below is subject to change.
LAWS13013 Legal Professional Conduct
Legal Professional Conduct
All details in this unit profile for LAWS13013 have been officially approved by CQUniversity and represent a learning partnership between the University and you (our student).
The information will not be changed unless absolutely necessary and any change will be clearly indicated by an approved correction included in the profile.
General Information


LAWS13013 Legal Professional Conduct examines professional and personal conduct in respect of a practitioner’s duty to the law, the courts, clients and fellow practitioners. As part of the duty to clients this unit provides a basic knowledge of the principles relating to the holding of money on trust. This unit meets the LPAB requirements for ethics and professional responsibility.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: 48 credit points of law units 

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2022


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 40%
3. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 20%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have your say


Variety and Style of Assessments: While I was initally hesitant about the group aspect of the reflection, it ended up being surprisingly fun and a good way to meet other students. I also felt the quizzes were a good form of assessment There was a variety of assessment tasks to undertake; the lecturer was engaging and ensured that the tutorials were interesting.


Keep the assessments in particular the quizzes and the client interview.

Feedback from Have your say


Creative Challenge Assessment: 40% Whilst many of the comments from the student detailed how they enjoyed the creative challenge, there were comments which indicated frustration with its novelty. Some wondered how it was connected to being a lawyer


Re-assess the nature of the justification for assessing creative skills and how it relates to employability skills. Better explain to students why creative skills are important skills from a pedagogical perspective. Unfamiliarity and discomfort is where we all learn most however often it is hard to identify and appreciate this when we are going through it.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Comprehend, analyse, and evaluate legislation and rules regulating professional and personal conduct in respect of a practitioner’s duty to the law, the courts, clients and fellow practitioners
  2. Compare and contrast the professional conduct rules in the United States with those in Australia
  3. Think creatively in researching and presenting an ethical issue to your peers
  4. Construct solutions to ethical issues involved with client interviewing
  5. Apply basic knowledge of the principles relating to the holding of money on trust.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 40%
3 - Practical Assessment - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 40%
3 - Practical Assessment - 20%
Textbooks and Resources



Ethics, Professional Responsibility and Legal Practice 1st (2017)

Authors: Peter MacFarlane and Ysaiah Ross
LexisNexis Butterworths
Chatswood Chatswood , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780409344080
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

This book may also be available in electronic form. Please check the library website for further details.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Zoom (both microphone and webcam capability)
Academic Integrity Statement

Information for Academic Integrity Statement has not been released yet.

This unit profile has not yet been finalised.