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Knowledge Management in Legal Services - JURD7687
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Faculty: Faculty of Law
School:  School of Law
Course Outline: See below
Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 2
Enrolment Requirements:
Prerequisite: Academic Program JD (9150) Co: JURD7211
Excluded: LAWS8987
Fee Band: 1 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


For the knowledge-based legal services industry, knowledge management (the process of identifying, capturing, disseminating and using an organisation's knowledge to achieve its business objectives) is a business imperative. This subject provides candidates with an in-depth understanding of the elements of knowledge management, as well as the skills to implement a successful knowledge management program in their organisations. The subject will cover the importance of knowledge management in the knowledge-based legal organisation, the key elements of knowledge management, and how to develop a knowledge management strategy and identify and implement specific knowledge management initiatives that enable the legal organisation to achieve its business objectives.

LLM Specialisations

Corporate and Commercial Law; Corporate, Commercial and Taxation Law.

Recommended Prior Knowledge


Course Objectives

To provide participants with an understanding of the:
  • Role of knowledge management in the practice and business of law in both law firms and in-house departments
  • Scope of knowledge management initiatives
  • Cultural challenges surrounding knowledge sharing and how to address these
  • Components of a successful knowledge management organisation
  • Role of technology in knowledge management
To enable participants to:
  • Develop a knowledge management strategy
  • Identify specific knowledge management initiatives that bring value to the business
  • Measure the value of knowledge management

Main Topics

  • Why knowledge management is a business imperative
  • The scope of knowledge in a legal organisation
  • The scope of knowledge management in a legal organisation
  • Building a knowledge management organisation
  • Creating a knowledge management culture
  • Linkages between business strategy and knowledge management
  • Knowledge management technology
  • Developing the knowledge management strategy
  • Implementing knowledge management
  • The value of knowledge management
  • Knowledge management and clients


Research paper 6,000 words 100%

Course Texts




Refer to Course Outline provided by lecturer at the beginning of session.

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