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ZUG1013 – Legal ethics

Undergraduate – Unit

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Business and Economics


South Africa

  • First Semester 2017

15 Credits


The principal aim of this module is for students to gain a systematic and coherent body of knowledge and an understanding of the legal concepts, principles, ethical obligations and standards of conduct applicable to members of the legal profession in their relations with clients, the courts, other lawyers and the public. Students will be able to acquire cognitive and generic skills including, solving complex and diverse legal problems ethically, research and analysis of relevant authorities, practical application of legal ethics and competence in applying knowledge to tackle legal issues. The module will involve an in-depth study and analysis of the concept of ethics, professional conduct, the duties of an Attorney, the requirements of a fit and proper person, the rules governing professional conduct of attorneys and the application of the rules that govern professional conduct. The module will also involve a study of case law and students will also be required to analyse the various court decisions and how they impact on professional conduct in the legal profession in South Africa.


  • Give a critical exposition of the rationale and purpose of legal ethics in South Africa.
  • Discuss the main ethical principles and dilemmas attorneys are faced with in the profession.
  • Explain professional conduct, and its importance in the legal profession.
  • Critique the role of core values of an attorney and how they apply to ethical duties.
  • Extract relevant legal information from case law, legislation and other source material on the application of rules of professional conduct.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.