Ethical Development During Supervised Legal Practice

Michael John McNamara

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    This paper discusses the potential for, and challenges associated with, the ethical development of junior lawyers in their early years of practice. Supervised Legal Practice is a statutory requirement in all Australian states and territories where newly admitted lawyers must work as an employee under supervision for a prescribed period. The duration of this prescribed period depends on the nature of pre-admission practical legal training and is two years (for those who completed a PLT course) or 18 months (for those who completed a traineeship or articles of clerkship).
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event5th Australian and New Zealand Legal Ethics Colloquium: Sustainable Legal Ethics - Monash University Law Chamber, Melbourne, Australia
    Duration: 3 Dec 20154 Dec 2015
    Conference number: 5


    Conference5th Australian and New Zealand Legal Ethics Colloquium
    Abbreviated titleANZLEC5
    OtherJoin legal ethicists, practitioners, regulators and students and contribute to an expanding understanding of legal ethics. Legal ethics is developing rapidly as more jurisdictions require that the discipline be taught in Law schools and not just as a part of practical legal training. In the South east Asian and Australasian regions, we are also beginning to recognise the importance of strengthening lawyers' fundamental values in the context of corruption, human rights abuses and a warming world. Sustainable (and resilient) legal ethics are moving into the forefront.


    • Supervised Legal Practice
    • junior lawyers
    • legal training


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