ethics, legal education, Canada, legal profession, public trust, compulsory
The author presents principled arguments, consequentialist arguments, arguments by analogy and arguments by authority in support of her conclusion that Canadian law schools should have compulsory legal ethics education. Among other things, she argues that legal ethics education is an imperfect but essential way to meet the obligations that arise from the public trust placed in the legal profession. She also explores a number of benefits that can accrue to students, law schools, the legal profession and society in general when ethics is a compulsory component of legal education.
Jocelyn Downie, "A Case for Compulsory Legal Ethics Education in Canadian Law Schools" (1997) 20:1 Dal LJ 224.