Courses & Units

Skills, Ethics and Professional Responsibility LCA107



This unit forms part of the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.


This unit is divided into five modules:

  • lawyers' skills, which includes interviewing clients, advocacy, writing letters, drafting other documents and negotiating settlements,
  • competency, ethics and professional responsibility, which includes acting ethically, discharging the legal duties and obligations of legal practitioners, complying with professional conduct rules, complying with fiduciary duties and avoiding conflicts of interest
  • problem solving skills, which includes analysing facts and identifying issues, analysing law, providing legal advice and generating solutions and strategies
  • work management and business skills, which includes managing personal time, managing risk, managing files, keeping client informed and working co-operatively
  • workplace experience. During the Course trainees spend three weeks in a private law firm, government department or other organisation employing legal practitioners. During this period trainees attend the Magistrates' Court and have the opportunity to 'shadow' a Magistrate for the day.

The instruction in this unit is delivered as part of the other practice units in the Course. In addition trainees participate in: a client interviewing program conducted with real clients in partnership with   the Hobart Community Legal Service; an intensive skills workshop conducted by the Leo Cussen Institute; a risk management workshop; and intensive advocacy workshop conducted by Professor Peter Lyons, an internationally recognised, specialist advocacy trainer.


Unit name Skills, Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Unit code LCA107
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Centre for Legal Studies
Teaching staff

Senior Legal Practitioners, Leo Cussen Institute, Professor Peter Lyons, LL.B, of CPD UK and Ms Alison Clues, LL.B, Legal Practitioner, Law Society's professional indemnity insurance scheme

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Legal Practice On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Legal Practice 31/1/2020 9/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/7/2020

* 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).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $1,671.00 2020: $3,458.00 091701

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  • Pre-requisites: LLB.
  • Admission to course L6B Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice


Teaching Pattern

Unit is part of GradDipLegPrac. Course carries a full-time load taught over 3 days per week. Attendance is compulsory.


Assessment of all elements in this Unit will be in accordance with the requirements of the Law Admissions Consultancy Council's 'National Competency Standards for Entry Level Lawyers'.

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