Professionalism: The Deep Theory
8 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2005
Can our personal ethics and our professional ethics be in opposition? Our professional identity as lawyers is at the center of our personal morality. The legal profession is in crisis because we have lost sight of the deep theory of professionalism. This article focuses on our ultimate motivation for obeying rules, concentrating on three common categories: goal-based, rights-based, and duty-based theories. By examining these theories, the article argues that lawyers must turn away from the modern trend of goal instrumentalism and refocus legal practice on its humanistic roots.
Keywords: legal ethics, professional responsibility, personal ethics, professional ethics, goal-based theory, rights-based theory, duty-based theory, instrumentalism, humanistic practice
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