LEGAL ETHICS

(LAW2130)

Semester Length: 14 Weeks

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course involves a survey of the major legal and ethical issues presented in the practice of law. We will examine the concept of the lawyer endorsed by the rules of professional responsibility and assess the relationship between this concept and the personal, political, and economic constraints of law practice. In order to achieve that objective, emphasis will be given to the rules of professional responsibility and their elaboration in case law, but we will study modern practice from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives throughout the course. These include the philosophy of law, the history and sociology of the Bahamian legal profession, the philosophy of law, the history and sociology of the Bahamian legal profession, the philosophy of the role, morality and theories of professional identity.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Legal ethics and professional responsibility, including ethical analysis and a knowledge of various theories of ethics

  • The applicability of ethical analysis to legal practice

  • The concept of a profession and the ethical and professional duties of practitioners

  • The wider responsibilities of attorneys in the community

  • The most significant of the rules provided for attorneys

  • Attorneys conduct and client’s care with respect to the law relating to conveyancing

  • Topics relating to conflicts of interest

  • Rules on confidentiality, duties to the court over and above those owed to one’s client

  •  Duties to the court over and above those owed to one’s client, duties of loyalty and fidelity

  • Obligations imposed on prosecuting counsel.

 

 

 

STUDY MATERIAL

Study material is included.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Registration Deadline for the Fall Term is scheduled for 15th August each year.