The Importance of Ethics and Morality in Today's Legal World

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Jeffrey A. Maine

University of Maine School of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2000


This essay describes efforts that have been made to increase the level of lawyer professionalism, including attempts at legislating ethical conduct and teaching ethical values underlying professionalism. Recognizing that most efforts have been ineffective, this essay suggests an approach to enhancing ethical awareness that necessarily recognizes the value of morality in daily practice. This essay explains the importance of ethics and morality in today’s legal world, and concludes with a recommendation to the beginning law student.

Keywords: ethics, morality, professionalism, lawyer, ethical, ethical conduct, teaching, taught, values, law student, law students, lawyer jokes, law school, professional responsibility, training, ethical precepts, code of conduct, ethical standards, curriculum training, standards, disciplinary rules

Suggested Citation

Maine, Jeffrey A., The Importance of Ethics and Morality in Today's Legal World (January 1, 2000). Stetson Law Review, Vol. 29, 2000. Available at SSRN:

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