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The Effect of Legal Professionalization on Moral Reasoning: A Reply to Professor Vischer and Professor Wendel

Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, Vol. 104, p. 300, 2009 & 2010

Texas Tech Law School Research Paper No. 2010-19

21 Pages Posted: 15 May 2010 Last revised: 2 Aug 2010

Michael Hatfield

University of Washington - School of Law

Abstract

What is the effect of legal education and practice on lawyers' moral reasoning? Lawyers are professionalized in a manner that undermines moral reasoning skills, which, in turn, affects their professional behavior. The so-called Torture Memos exemplify this dynamic.

Keywords: Legal Education, Humanizing Legal Education, Moral Psychology, Moral Reasoning, Legal Reasoning

JEL Classification: I21

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Hatfield, Michael, The Effect of Legal Professionalization on Moral Reasoning: A Reply to Professor Vischer and Professor Wendel. Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, Vol. 104, p. 300, 2009 & 2010; Texas Tech Law School Research Paper No. 2010-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1590347

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