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LAWS13013 - Legal Professional Conduct

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Legal Practitioners owe professional and personal duties to the law, the courts, their clients and to fellow practitioners. This course examines the personal and professional conduct expected of a legal practitioner. Students will be exposed to the requirements of the Legal Practitioner’s Act and Regulations of 2007.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:- LAWS11057 & LAWS11059

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2013

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Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Distance
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Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
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Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Online

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Examination 70%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 47.17% response rate.

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.

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Feedback
A number of students commented about the practical skills' component see below. "I loved the client interviewing assessment. It gave us a chance to actually test out practical skills we rarely use in other subjects." "I enjoyed the unit because it had a practical side" "I enjoyed the client interviewing assessment as with the course being predominantly on line, this assessment gives the opportunity to engage one on one with other students in a practical situation."
Recommendation
Retain the practical skills assessment
Action Taken
This was retained.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
See some comments regarding the mix of assessment items. "The Diverse rang(e) of assessment tasks made the unit more interesting."
Recommendation
Retain assessments
Action Taken
This was retained.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Some students wanted the creative challenge which is worth 40% due later in the term so that they could complete more of the course content. See below: "The Creative Challenge assessment should have been due later in the term after students have completed more topics"
Recommendation
Consider changing the due date to later in the term.
Action Taken
Yes this was done.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
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.
Recommendation
Keep the assessments in particular the quizzes and the client interview.
Action Taken
Nil.
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Feedback
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
Recommendation
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.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Examine professional and personal conduct of a practitioner's duty to the law, the courts, clients and fellow practitioners
  2. Specify the principles of trust accounting
  3. Analyse, locate and interpret provisions of the Legal Practitioners Act and Regulations 2007 and other professional-body related pieces of legislation
  4. Review relevant legal material and analyse legal issues arising out of an encountered fact situation
  5. Formulate an informed decision by applying the relevant law and principles arising out of an encountered fact situation
  6. Display appropriate style and terminology to communicate effectively in the course

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination