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Unpublished Paper
The De-Evolution of American Legal Ethics
ExpressO (2007)
  • Jennifer Schultz Reed
That since Legal Ethics became a mandatory course in all ABA accredited law schools in 1974, there has been little, if any, perceptible change in the ethics of the legal profession. The absence of significant discernable impact is due to several factors: the failure to define what the profession means and intends by the concept of legal ethics; the inability of law schools to find coherent and successful ways to teach this subject; and the fact that the public generally continues to regard lawyers with little respect and to equate the misdeeds of some with the conduct of most. In other words, even though the subject of legal ethics has gained superficial importance among lawyers and scholars, it, ironically, has not been effective in controlling excesses by at least some practicing lawyers and has not been effective in reassuring the general public that lawyers conduct themselves ethically
  • Legal Ethics,
  • history,
  • teaching
Publication Date
March, 2007
Citation Information
Jennifer Schultz Reed. "The De-Evolution of American Legal Ethics" ExpressO (2007)
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