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The Ethics and Professional Practice (Ethics) is a practice-based subject that advances on your foundational knowledge towards specialised and integrated understandings of Ethics and Professional Practice.

This subject develops understandings about legal practitioners’ obligations to act ethically, in compliance with professional rules and obligations, and demonstrate professional responsibility and professional courtesy in all dealings with clients, the courts, the community, and other lawyers.

On satisfactory completion of this subject you will master advanced theories and practices in Ethics and Professional Practice, and have an understanding of how to apply this knowledge. You will be able to use and explain this knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences. Using practice-based analytical and critical thinking skills, you will be able to apply this knowledge to problem-solving and decision-making in practice.

This subject also provides the foundations to develop reflective approaches to objective and subjective analyses of individual and social dimensions of applied law and professional practice in Ethics and Professional Practice in a range of contexts.


The Ethics and Professional Practice subject compromises of 8 modules:

Module 1 - Ethical conduct in practice

Module 2 - Professional conduct rules and standards

Module 3 - Client retainers and costs issues

Module 4 - Duty to account and the duty of care

Module 5 - Fiduciary duties and avoiding conflicts

Module 6 - Duty to the court

Module 7 - Professional interactions with the public and other professionals

Module 8 - Written assessment, oral assessment, and portfolio final submission


The Ethics and Professional Practice subject is self-paced and does not follow a prescribed timetable. You can determine your own study pace according to your circumstances.

If you plan to study full-time, allow 4 - 6 weeks to complete the subject. If you would like to study part-time, allow 10 to 15 weeks. 


We have four intakes a year which will help you to plan your study around your work and family commitments. 

Intakes in February, May, August and November. 

2023 13 Feb 2023
15 May 2023
 14 August 2023
 13 November 2023


The course fee is NZ $2,875 inc GST (GST is payable if you reside in New Zealand).