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
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Professor Gino Dal Pont
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

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

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090999 $2,040.00 $1,597.00 not applicable $2,040.00

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50 credit points of Advanced Law core


Teaching Pattern

Lecture: 2 hour weekly on campus

Tutorial/Workshop: 1 hour weekly on campus (commencing in Week 2 of semester)

AssessmentProblem assignment (30%)|Short essay assignment in teams (30%)|Exam (40%)
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