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LAW7410 - Trust and office accounting

3 points, SCA Band 3, 0.063 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Law

Leader: Damian Knowles & Megan Austin


City Term 1 2007 (On-campus)
City Term 3 2007 (Online)
City Trimester 3 2007 (On-campus)


This subject is concerned with the statutory requirements and rules relating to the keeping of trust and office accounts, the fiduciary duties arising out of holding client's money and the obligations on the practitioner relating to costs information and the rendering of accounts to clients. It will require the development of skills in interpersonal relationships and practice management. The understanding of professional values will be enhanced


The primary objective is that those who have successfully completed the Diploma course, of which this subject is a part, will have the broad knowledge, skills and ethical awareness to undertake legal practice. Students who have successfully completed this subject will have acquired the following competencies:

  1. practice fields: through learning and developing the skills summarised below, and gaining experience in the application of those skills in the field of this subject, students will have improved their competence to practise in any chosen specific field or fields of law and practice;
  2. skills: in particular, students will have learned and developed the skills set out in the Course Description for the Diploma relating to - learning strategies, research, analysis and writing; oral communication and inter-personal relationships; negotiation and advocacy; practice management and accounts; and hanmdling ethics and values;
  3. personal development: students will have enhanced their broad and critical understanding of knowledge already gained, and their intellectual and social skills, in order to encourage and enable a continuing professional approach to work, community responsibilities and personal development.


On-line (course code 2772) Regular feedback will be provided on written exercises and oral presentation. Two written assessments: 40% and 60% each. Assessment will be according to the grades 'Merit', 'Pass' or 'Fail'

Contact hours

Intensive 30 hours per week for 1 week