LAW 458 : Legal Ethics
2021 Semester Two (1215) (10 POINTS)
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 5:||Independence and Integrity|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Explain and critically analyse the lawyer’s role and theories of ethics (Capability 2.2, 3.1, 3.3, 4.3, 5.1, 5.2 and 6.2)
- Explain the structure of the legal profession, underlying theories of professionalism, the regulatory framework for lawyers in New Zealand, including the complaints and discipline system, and requirements for admission to the bar. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3)
- Recognise, articulate and explain the sources of lawyers’ obligations and how they relate to the Conduct and Client Care Rules 2008. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 and 2.1)
- Articulate and apply the Conduct and Client Care Rules 2008 in various factual situations. (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 5.1)
- Articulate the wider responsibilities of lawyers in the community and key issues facing the legal profession in Aotearoa (including critically analysing approaches to culture change and next steps, self-leadership, bias, inclusion and diversity, and individual and collective wellbeing in the legal profession). (Capability 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3)
|Final Exam||60%||Individual Examination|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
This is a 10-point course with 12, weekly classes each class being up to two hours long. Guest lecturers from the profession feature on this course.
As a general guide, you should expect to work three hours outside of the classroom for each hour spent in class. The guideline for the total workload for this course is 100 hours.
- The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.
- Attendance is expected at scheduled classes to complete the course.
- The course will include guest lectures.
- Both assessments must be completed in order to pass this course
- The Final Exam is open book and two hours long.
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Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
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Student Charter and Responsibilities
The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.
Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.