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LAWS77-511: The Global Lawyer


The Global Lawyer is an elective subject in the Juris Doctor program offered by the Faculty of Law. The Global Lawyer focuses on international and transnational contexts of legal practice and provides students with exposure beyond the traditional Australian and common law concentration of their law degree. Students will be introduced to legal systems from other countries, developing skills necessary to practice in different cultures and systems, as well as to interact with clients and lawyers from other jurisdictions. 

Subject details

Type: Postgraduate Subject
Code: LAWS77-511
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Law

Learning objectives

1. Draw on professional experience and theoretical frameworks, analyse the role of the lawyer within diverse legal systems in the face of globalisation 2. Synthesise diverse constructs of inter/trans/supra-national legal practice to critically analyse the impacts of ‘borderless legal practice’ upon professional ethics and accountability 3. Critically analyse the challenges likely to arise in legal practice from the increasing use of digital technologies 4. Integrate diverse elements of transnational legal practice to build a personal profile demonstrating the requisite expert judgement in global lawyering contexts

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Students are expected to have completed at least 120 credit points of LAWS subjects


Must be admitted into a Juris Doctor degree OR be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law Exchange student.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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