Presidential Ethics: Should a Law Degree Make a Difference?

13 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2001

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Nancy B. Rapoport

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

Abstract

Two of the nation's most controversial presidents, Nixon and Clinton, were both lawyers, and both of them had ethics-related problems while in office. This essay reviews whether any model ethics rules force lawyer-presidents to behave at a higher standard than non-lawyer-presidents; then it discusses the implications for legal education if we really do want lawyers to go above and beyond the norm of behavior.

Keywords: Clinton, Nixon, professional responsibility, president, lawyer, attorney

Suggested Citation

Rapoport, Nancy B., Presidential Ethics: Should a Law Degree Make a Difference?. Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Vol. 14, p. 725, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=260021

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