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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2154: Lawyers Ethics in the Real World

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is anticipated that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics. Some topics may be delivered by guest lecturers.

  • Personal and professional values and ethics
  • Core elements of the Solicitors’ Code
  • Behavioural and Institutional Understandings of Ethics
  • Commerciality in practice and in one’s mind
  • Lawyer and corporate governance
  • The Best Interest of the Client and Misleading the court
  • Dealing with others, Integrity and taking advantage
  • Philosophical theories of ethics
  • Principles vs Rules in Ethical Regulation
  • Giving Advice and Opinions
  • Papering deals in commercially aware ways
  • Submitting evidence and appearing before the court
  • Hierarchy and Sex in Legal Practice
  • Non Disclosure Agreements
  • Conducting Investigations

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities2211 x 2 hour lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities84 x 2 hour seminars
Guided independent study65Reading, seminar, and lecture preparation
Guided independent study40Summative assessment preparation
Guided independent study15Formative assessment preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).