2018 Winter School Subject List

The Legal Profession (LAWS5009) - Opens 03 Oct 2017

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

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

(1)  Professional Law Programs  - Law.professional@sydney.edu.au

Start Date: 29 Jan 2018 
End Date: 08 Feb 2018 
Capacity: 30 
Status: Places available 
Applications Open: 03 Oct 2017 
Applications Close: 08 Dec 2017 
Census date: 02 Feb 2018 
On-time withdrawals close: 02 Feb 2018 
Available to audit: No
Open to HSC graduates?: No


  1. Prerequisites - 

    LLB completion of all years 1 – 3 LAWS compulsories.. JD completion of all 1st year compulsories.

  2. Note: - 

    Enrolment is restricted to University of Sydney Law students only

  3. Note: - 

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


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.


2000wd written assignment and take-home examination (with word limits for the assigned questions)


Start Date: 29 Jan 2018     End Date: 08 Feb 2018


Mon 9:00 - 16:00

Tues 9:00 - 16:00

Wed 9:00 - 16:00

Thurs 9:00 - 16:00

Tutorials will be incorporated into the lecture schedule and will be advised during class.

Mid Session Exam

Mon 29th Jan, Research Assignment to be submitted via LMS (2000wds). Due 11:00 Wed 14th Feb 2018.

Final Take Home Exam

The Take Home Examination will be RELEASED via LMS at 11:00am on 19/02/2018 and DUE via LMS at 11:00am on 23/02/2018



New Law School Lecture Theatre 104


GE Dal Pont Professional Responsibility, 6th edition, 2016, Law Book Company.