Legal Ethics: Its Nature and Place in the Curriculum

Alan Paterson

in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198259312
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681936 | DOI:
Legal Ethics: Its Nature and Place in the Curriculum

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This chapter describes the teaching of legal ethics. Specifically discussed are its nature and place in the curriculum. It answers the following questions: (1) What should be taught in professional ethics?; (2) When should the course be taught?; (3) Where should professional ethics be taught?; and (4) How should professional ethics be taught? It is shown that almost certainly none of the lawyers in question had any serious training in professional ethics. In the United Kingdom, there is some introductory material in legal system courses but very little elsewhere in the undergraduate curriculum. In the Legal Practice Course professional conduct is described as a pervasive course, but in practice it is taught both as a free standing module and pervasively.

Keywords: legal ethics; curriculum; teaching; professional ethics; United Kingdom; lawyers

Chapter.  7028 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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