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Professional Skills and Ethics,  3rd edition
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Professional Skills and Ethics, 3rd edition

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Published June 2014 (LexisNexis)
ISBN: 9780409337457. Soft cover.

Alston, A.; Rankin, M

Professional Skills and Ethics is based on the course of the same name at Flinders University School of Law. It includes materials from recent LexisNexis publications on procedures and ethics together with additional chapters contributed by the editors.


This third edition aims to enable students to:

  • implement specific skills of interviewing, drafting, negotiation and advocacy; and
  • identify and categorise situations which require ethical decisions, and summarise and contrast viable options for appropriate conduct in response to such ethical situations.

This book is aimed at law students, practitioners and all those who are interested in issues of ethics and procedure relating to legal practice.


Andrew Alston, formerly Associate Professor of Law at the University of Canterbury, is a legal practitioner in Adelaide. He teaches at Flinders University in the Medical School departments of Health Care Management and Social Health Sciences. He has published extensively in the fields of equity and succession, taxation law, land law, legal procedures and ethics and law and medicine. Andrew’s current research interests are in the areas of mental health law, legal medical and research ethics and residential tenancies law.


Mark Rankin teaches law at Flinders University, and is the co-ordinator of the topicProfessional Skills and Ethics, which forms the basis of this book. His publications and research interests are in the areas of law and medicine, civil procedure and litigation, and professional ethics.


The book is divided into five parts:

  1. The Legal Profession
  • Regulation
  • Standards
  • Legal Ethics
  • Interviewing
  • Negotiation
  • Pleadings
  • Advocacy
  1. Civil Procedure
  2. Legal Skills
  1. Alternative Dispute Resolution
  2. Access to Justice & Lawyering as a Profession
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