Using Lawyer Jokes to Teach Business Ethics: A Course Module

12 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2013

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James Lynch

Brooklyn College, Department of Finance and Business Management

Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: July 29, 2013

Abstract

Most of us will agree that the legal profession gets little respect in the United States. There are scores of websites dedicated to lawyer jokes and almost all the humor is negative. Indeed, the humor is not only negative but is often is filled with hate and anger towards attorneys. In many of the jokes, it is clear that the only good lawyer is one who is dead. For example, try this joke with any other profession and it does not work. “What do you call 5000 dead________ at the bottom of the ocean? A good start!” It only works with lawyers. Why are lawyers so hated? One doubts that there is any other profession that has resulted in so many vicious jokes. This paper discusses how lawyer jokes can be used to teach the importance of ethics. Scores of lawyer jokes are provided for educators who teach business law or ethics to use in the classroom.

Keywords: business ethics, legal ethics, ethics education

JEL Classification: M12, M14, J50, M54

Suggested Citation

Lynch, James and Friedman, Hershey H., Using Lawyer Jokes to Teach Business Ethics: A Course Module (July 29, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2302910 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2302910

James Lynch

Brooklyn College, Department of Finance and Business Management ( email )

2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
United States

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

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