2018 Summer School Subject List

Legal Profession (LAWS5009) - Opens 04 Oct 2016

Faculty: Law (Sydney Law School)
Department: Law (Sydney Law School)
Level: Postgraduate
Credit Points: 6

(1) Ms Irene Baghoomians - Irene.Baghoomians@sydney.edu.au

(1) Ms Irene Baghoomians - Irene.Baghoomians@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 09 Jan 2017 
End Date: 19 Jan 2017 
Capacity: 30 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 04 Oct 2016 
Applications Close: 07 Dec 2016 
Census date: 18 Jan 2017 
On-time withdrawals close: 18 Jan 2017 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Note: - 

    All enrolments are subject to approval by the Sydney Law School.

  2. Note: - 

    Enrolment is restricted to University of Sydney Juris Doctor of Laws students only.


The Legal Profession critically examines notions of legal professionalism and the regulation of legal services markets, legal practice and practitioners. Part 1 of The Legal Profession examines the nature of legal professionalism, the structure of the legal profession and the contours that shape legal services markets. Part 2 explores the regulation of the profession including historical challenges and diverse theoretical views and models of regulation are examined. The current regulatory regime in New South Wales is analysed in detail focusing on recent changes and the impact of a National Legal Profession. Part 3 explores specific forms of legal practice, highlights the major cultural and economic forces that challenge the parameters of legal professionalism and regulation of the profession. Alternative ways of organising legal practice and the legal services market are canvassed focusing in particular, on the impacts of modern technology and globalisation. Part 4 evaluates the lawyer-client relationship and suggests strategies to facilitate equality and effective communication in the delivery of legal services. Furthermore, it examines lawyers’ duties to clients, the Court and third parties, and the ways in which the rules and principles of confidentiality and conflicts of interest shape the advice and representation lawyers provide to clients. This unit of study demands active participation by students and ongoing critical reflection of the issues raised throughout the semester.


1 x research assignment and final take-home exam


Start Date: 09 Jan 2017     End Date: 19 Jan 2017


  • Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu: 09:00 - 16:00 hrs

Tutorials: Tutorial questions to be answered during the above Lecture times.

Mid-Session Exam: Released - 11am on Tue 10 Jan 2017; Due on Tue 24 Jan 2017

Final Exam: Released - 11am on Mon 30 Jan 2017; Due on Fri 03 Feb 2017


New Law School Lecture Theatre 106


Textbook: GE Dal Pont, Lawyers Professional Responsibility (Thomson Reuters, 6th ed, 2017).