Teaching Professional Responsibility and Ethics

13 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2007

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Ronald D. Rotunda

Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law


This article discusses the development of teaching legal ethics in light of the changes in the ethics rules over the years. The thesis is that many ethics rules reflect the needs of a cartel (the legal profession) to protect itself, rather than the need to protect the clients of lawyers. The author uses stories and examples to illustrate this thesis.

Keywords: law teaching, legal writing, legal ethics, lawyering skills, professional responsibility, economic effects of ethics rules, economic analysis of legal ethics rules, ABA, Model Rules of Professional Conduct

Suggested Citation

Rotunda, Ronald Daniel, Teaching Professional Responsibility and Ethics. St. Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 51, No. 4, pp. 1223-1233, Summer 2007, George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 07-26, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1001096

Ronald Daniel Rotunda (Contact Author)

Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law ( email )

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Orange, CA 92866-1099
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HOME PAGE: http://www1.chapman.edu/~rrotunda/

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