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LAWS350 Lawyers, Clients, and the Profession

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Form a broad perspective on the role of the lawyer, lawyering as a profession, lawyering skills, and lawyers’ relationships to clients. Consider the future of legal services.

Paper title Lawyers, Clients, and the Profession
Paper code LAWS350
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period Summer School (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $679.70
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,212.40

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Prerequisite
96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Notes
May not be credited together with LAWS475 passed in 2018 and 2019.
Contact
mailto:law@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin

Teaching Arrangements

This paper will be taught as a blend of online learning and three in-person workshops. It is essential that students can access Blackboard with a good internet connection so that they can engage with the online component of this course. Students will be assigned to a discussion group in Blackboard to support their learning and to complete activities. Students must also plan to attend the three inperson workshops held at the Auckland Campus. The examination for the paper (70% of the final grade) can be taken at the Auckland or Dunedin Campus.

Textbooks

Course Materials

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

This paper will explore the nature of the legal profession, the clients of lawyers and the future of legal practice. It will draw on empirical studies of the legal profession and literature in the field of legal ethics and legal futures.

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Timetable

Summer School

Location
Auckland
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 17:00-19:50 3
Saturday 10:00-15:50 3, 6

Form a broad perspective on the role of the lawyer, lawyering as a profession, lawyering skills, and lawyers’ relationships to clients. Consider the future of legal services.

Would you like to understand the different legal careers available, consider different models of offering services to clients, and spend time exploring the kind of practitioner you want to be? This paper takes you through the history and future of legal practice, examines how lawyers can provide services to clients, and supports the development of professional character.

Paper title Lawyers, Clients, and the Profession
Paper code LAWS350
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2022 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
Notes
May not be credited together with LAWS475 passed in 2018 and 2019.
Eligibility

This paper is best suited to students in their final year of their legal studies.

Contact

law@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dr Bridgette Toy-Cronin

Paper Structure

Module 1 - Lawyers and the profession (nature and structure of the profession, gaining entry)

Module 2 - Working with clients (types of clients, charging clients, law firms, self-represented litigants)

Module 3 - Future of practice (disruption to legal services, new models of practice, wellness, diversity)

Teaching Arrangements

This paper will be taught as a blend of online learning and four in-person classes. It is essential that students can access Blackboard with a good internet connection so that they can engage with the online component of this course. Students must also attend the in person classes (i.e. this is not a distance paper). Students will be assigned to a discussion group to support their learning and to complete activities.

Textbooks

Readings are assigned and are accessible through e-Reserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

When you finish this paper you will understand the history and structure of the legal profession, evaluate this learning against your own conceptions and reflect on your place with a rapidly changing landscape of legal practice, with particular regard to the needs of clients. Emphasis is placed on developing reflective practices that will help you in making career decisions and to work in different practice settings.

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Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 09:00-11:50 9-14, 17-22