University of Technology Sydney

75424 Legal and Professional Skills

Requisite(s): (102 credit points of completed study in spk(s): STM90688 102cp Core subjects LLB OR 108 credit points of completed study in spk(s): STM90832 LLB Core Subjects OR 108 credit points of completed study in 108Credit Points spk(s): STM90831 c Juris Doctor Core Subjects) AND (114 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C04236 Juris Doctor OR 162 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10124 Bachelor of Laws OR 114 credit points of completed study in spk(s): STM90691 144cp Law Stream OR 114 credit points of completed study in spk(s): STM90401 Law Stream Combined Degree BA Communication Bachelor of Laws OR 132 credit points of completed study in 132Credit Points spk(s): C04320 c Juris Doctor Graduate Certificate Professional Legal Practice)
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This subject covers the skills, practice areas and values required to be admitted to practise law as prescribed by the ‘competency standards’ set out in the Second Schedule to the Legal Profession Uniform Admission Rules 2015. The subject assumes an understanding of disciplinary knowledge taught in core law subjects in a relevant degree. Students learn and practise the application of this knowledge through the development of skills and reflection in preparation for professional practice as an entry-level lawyer. It is complemented by the other three Practical Legal Training (PLT) subjects – Transactional Practice, Litigation and Estate Practice and Practical Experience.

The practice of law requires an understanding of the legislative and regulatory environment in which the legal profession operates. The integration of practical and theoretical approaches to legal ethics and legal practice provides a basis from which students can better integrate ethical priorities within their own moral compass and develop personal priorities around resilience. Students apply their legal skills and understanding of the ethical responsibilities of legal practitioners, including obligations relating to a solicitor's trust account.

Participation in drafting, interviewing and negotiation workshops and in online discussions enables students to practise essential skills in a client focused environment. The weekly activities also provide practical scenarios in which students can better understand how conduct rules apply in a professional context and the operation and application of trust accounting procedures.

Students also develop and reflect on the targeted graduate attributes including the application of resilience strategies for personal benefit and in the workplace environment.

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Autumn session, City campus
Spring session, City campus

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