SSC 432 Topics in Legal Studies: Law and Ethics – Perception and Reality
Tuesdays 4:10-6:50 reg# 23818
Complaints about lawyers’ ethics are commonplace. This course examines the cultural image of the American legal profession, and the reality or unreality of our society’s perception of a lack of moral sensitivity intrinsic to the American legal system. What reinforces the perception that lawyers are unethical? How does the legal profession address public misconceptions? To evaluate these issues, this course will use exemplary available media, opinions from actual disciplinary proceedings, hypothetical situational ethical dilemmas, and existing ethical rules that are applicable to all legal professionals.