LW7063 - Professional Ethics

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What will I learn on this module?

In this core module on Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University, you will learn about the professional values which underpin practice at the Bar of England and Wales. It aims to instil and consolidate the essential qualities of ethical behaviour at the Bar by nurturing and developing these existing attributes in students to a high level. Encompassing more than the knowledge and formalities outlined in the Professional Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales ("the Code"), this will furnish far reaching and fundamental knowledge of ethics that underlies practice at the Bar.

The module seeks to:

- inculcate the fundamental concepts of professional and ethical values required of a practising barrister at the Bar of England and Wales
- provide knowledge and understanding of the philosophical issues and purposes underpinning ethical behaviour, including the concept of duty in professional life both to the client and to the rule of law
- provide in depth knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the Code of Conduct and the Bar Council /Bar Standards Board (BSB) Equality Code ("the Equality Code”).

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through a combination of large and small group sessions and directed learning. You will be expected to engage in some independent learning to consolidate your learning and prepare for group sessions, including investigation of factual and legal issues and providing practical legal advice.

The large group sessions will be delivered to the entire module cohort and will be used to introduce you to the fundamental principles underpinning and reflected in the Code and The Equality Code and ethical behaviour generally. Salient parts of the Code and the equality Code will be highlighted.

The small group sessions will expand on the material covered in the large group sessions. Case studies highlighting practical dilemmas and practical examples will be used. However in addition to being taught discretely, the module is also a "pervasive" subject whereby ethical issues will be integrated into materials and teaching in other modules on the BPTC to enable learning and discussion across the BPTC as a whole. As such you will often be required to make explicit use of the Code in timetabled lessons. The tutor notes accompanying these lessons will clearly indicate the nature of the issue(s) and possible responses. During these sessions you will develop problem-solving and other legal skills, develop teamwork and both collective and individual presentation skills and implement your knowledge in a practical way to solve legal problems.

You will be given directed learning which will both expand on the materials provided in the large group session and cover additional specific topics. This will be supported by formative self-test and multiple choice questions.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The University is well placed to support you in learning and research with an excellent library and teaching facilities, access to on-line legal databases and resources and appropriate software.

This module will be managed by your designated Module Tutor who will be responsible for guiding you in your engagement and learning on the module. All relevant materials and instructions will be accessible on-line through the module eLP site, maintained by your Module Tutor, and will give guidance on legal skills, assessment and provide self-study materials. You may communicate with your Module Tutor by email or telephone and are encouraged to make contact if you encounter any difficulties relating to any aspect of the module.

Academic support is also available through feedback on set and multiple choice questions undertaken through the eLP and in the small group sessions. You will have the opportunity to formally sit a mock exam and feedback on the mock exam will be given in a large group session. At a programme level you will be supported by the Programme Leader and your Personal Tutor who will provide pastoral support throughout the module and the programme as a whole.

The Programme Administration and Student Progress teams are responsible for the non-academic administration of the module; they will contact you throughout the duration of your module with details about the centralised assessment, and other issues.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will:
Knowledge & Understanding:
• Develop knowledge and understanding of the core professional values which underpin practice at the Bar of England and Wales, particularly the additional moral responsibilities held by the profession (over and above the population in general) due to decision-making roles, functions and authority which are key to practice at the Bar

• correctly identify issues of professional ethics and conduct which appear in given situations as likely to arise in a barrister's practice (e.g. conflict of interest)


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the provisions of the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales, and demonstrate adherence to that Code

• demonstrate the capacity to provide a professional and responsible approach to clients who place trust in the profession on the basis that the service provided will be of benefit

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• display a professional and responsible approach to the course, staff and other students, and to observe the Code of Practice in order to prevent exploitation of clients and preserve the integrity of the profession, maintaining the public’s trust and ensuring continuance of the provision of service

• act in a fashion which demonstrates awareness of diversity, and is non-discriminatory

How will I be assessed?

One closed book examination of two hours, centrally set by the BSB and marked (manually). The examination is comprised of six short answer questions.

After the formative assessment students will be given a suggested answer guide on the eLP for the MCT and SAQ Parts of the "mock" assessment. Students will also receive oral feedback during the teaching sessions.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

In this core module on Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University, you will learn about the professional values which underpin practice at the Bar of England and Wales. It aims to instil and consolidate the essential qualities of ethical behaviour at the Bar by nurturing and developing these existing attributes in students to a high level. Encompassing more than the knowledge and formalities outlined in the Professional Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales ("the Code"), this will furnish far reaching and fundamental knowledge of ethics that underlies practice at the Bar.

The module seeks to:

- inculcate the fundamental concepts of professional and ethical values required of a practising barrister at the Bar of England and Wales
- provide knowledge and understanding of the philosophical issues and purposes underpinning ethical behaviour, including the concept of duty in professional life both to the client and to the rule of law
- provide in depth knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the Code of Conduct and the Bar Council /Bar Standards Board (BSB) Equality Code ("the Equality Code”).

What will I learn on this module?

In this core module on Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University, you will learn about the professional values which underpin practice at the Bar of England and Wales. It aims to instil and consolidate the essential qualities of ethical behaviour at the Bar by nurturing and developing these existing attributes in students to a high level. Encompassing more than the knowledge and formalities outlined in the Professional Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales ("the Code"), this will furnish far reaching and fundamental knowledge of ethics that underlies practice at the Bar.

The module seeks to:

- inculcate the fundamental concepts of professional and ethical values required of a practising barrister at the Bar of England and Wales
- provide knowledge and understanding of the philosophical issues and purposes underpinning ethical behaviour, including the concept of duty in professional life both to the client and to the rule of law
- provide in depth knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the Code of Conduct and the Bar Council /Bar Standards Board (BSB) Equality Code ("the Equality Code”).

Course info

Credits 6

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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