Courses & Units

Legal Ethics LAW452



LAW452 focuses upon the main areas of professional responsibility of lawyers:

  1. to clients;
  2. to the court / administration of justice; and
  3. to the profession and community.

It commences with a discussion of ethics and professionalism, before moving onto the character (and other) requirements for admission to practice.

The unit combines both theory and practical elements, and seeks to challenge students in assessing not only what ethical conduct for lawyers may involve, but to ponder the boundaries of ethical (and unethical) conduct in this context. To this end, beyond the three core sections noted above, the unit concludes by investigating standards of professional conduct from the perspective of professional discipline.


Unit name Legal Ethics
Unit code LAW452
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Prof. Gino Dal Pont

Teaching staff

Prof. Gino Dal Pont

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse, appraise and explain legal ethics and its relationship to the main areas of professional responsibility for lawyers.
  2. Apply and defend decisions chosen to resolve hypothetical factual scenarios demonstrating ethical conduct.
  3. Research and analyse a legal topic or problem pertaining to legal ethics.
  4. Work collaboratively in a group environment to prepare and submit an ethical approach to resolve a deliberately polemic topic.


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090900 $1,812.00 $1,419.00 not applicable $1,812.50

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50 credit points of Advanced Law core

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

Two hour lecture per week and one tutorial / seminar per fortnight.


Short essay assignment, 1500 words (25%), Problem assignment, 1500 words (25%), Exam, 2 hours (50%)

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G E Dal Pont, Lawyers' Professional Responsibility, 6th ed, Lawbook Co, 2017


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