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LAWS475 Special Topic 6: Legal Practice

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

The nature of the legal profession, the clients of lawyers and the future of legal practice

This paper examines three major topics: (1) the history and structure of the legal profession, including legal education, (2) client needs and lawyers’ relationships with clients, and (3) the future of legal practice, including disruptive technological change. Particular emphasis is placed on examining skills needed for legal practice now and in the future. Materials drawn on include sociological and empirical studies of the profession, legal ethics, and scholarly and popular work on legal futures.


Paper title Special Topic 6: Legal Practice
Paper code LAWS475
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period Summer School
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $672.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,118.80

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96 LAWS points
Pre or Corequisite
Any 200-level LAWS paper not already passed
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
(i) Not all optional papers will be available in any given year. (ii) Summer School students who have not passed the normal prerequisites, or are not taking the programmes specified above, may be admitted with approval from the Dean of Law.
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 in-person workshops held at the Wellington Campus. The examination for the paper (70% of the final grade) can be taken at the Wellington or Dunedin Campus.

Course materials will be provided.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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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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Summer School

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 17:00-20:50 3
Saturday 10:00-15:50 6
Sunday 10:00-15:50 4