Legal Writing, Professionalism, and Legal Ethics

18 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2008 Last revised: 31 Mar 2014

Date Written: August 19, 2008


This article discusses how to teach professional ethics within a first-year legal writing course. We can teach ethics in legal writing without taking attention away from our basic mission of teaching legal skills by integrating ethics into everything we do and by serving as examples for our students. This paper will discuss teaching legal ethics on orientation. It will then examine legal ethics in structuring the course and setting an example. Finally, it will cover legal ethics in legal research, objective legal writing, and persuasive legal writing respectively.

Keywords: legal writing, professional responsibility, ethics

Suggested Citation

Fruehwald, Edwin S., Legal Writing, Professionalism, and Legal Ethics (August 19, 2008). Hofstra Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-20. Available at SSRN: or

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