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Professional Responsibility in an Uncertain Profession: Legal Ethics in China

26 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2010  

Judith A. McMorrow

Boston College - Law School

Date Written: October 25, 2010

Abstract

The rapidly expanding Chinese legal profession provides an extraordinary opportunity for the U.S. legal profession to test U.S. assumptions about legal ethics. This essay examines challenges facing Chinese legal education and the Chinese legal profession as it develops norms of legal ethics. This essay examines this process from the law school and law student’s perspective about legal ethics, and then briefly explores the effort to create norms of attorney conduct from a top-down perspective. Both a bottom-up and top-down view show the tremendous challenges facing the emerging Chinese legal culture in building a coherent model of lawyering that can serve as the foundation for a system of legal ethics.

Keywords: China, legal ethics, professional responsibility, international comparative law, professional conduct

Suggested Citation

McMorrow, Judith A., Professional Responsibility in an Uncertain Profession: Legal Ethics in China (October 25, 2010). Akron Law Review, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2010; Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 207. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1697846

Judith A. McMorrow (Contact Author)

Boston College - Law School ( email )

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Newton, MA 02459-1163
United States

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