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MLL235 - Legal Practice and Ethics


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:MLL335
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Kim Teh
Trimester 3: Tamsin Paige
Cohort rule:For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only


Incompatible with: MLL335
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

3h class (recordings provided) + 1h online seminar per week


The unit introduces students to the practice of law and to the ethical obligations they will assume upon becoming lawyers. Topics include: the history and organisation of the Victorian legal profession; current trends in professional practice; professional responsibility and liability; introduction to ethics and ethical concepts; legal ethics and the duties owed by lawyers to the law, to their clients, to the Court and to each other; statutory regulation of the legal profession; and trust accounting.

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

  At the completion of this unit students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Explain and apply the principles, rules and regulations governing the ethical oversight of legal practice 

GLO 1 Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Locate and appropriately reference high quality primary and secondary resources relevant to the role of lawyers in Australian society and the ethics of legal practice. 

GLO 3 Digital literacy


Critically analyse primary and secondary source materials to address ethical concerns in legal practice. 

GLO 4  Critical thinking


Identify elements of the globalised legal workplace and plan for the development of skills, attributes and obligations required to work in such an environment as a lawyer. 

GLO 8 Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year.


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: (Individual), Written assignment 2500 words 40% Week 8
Examination 2 hours 60% Exam period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MLL235 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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