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Reflections from the International Conference on Legal Ethics from Exeter

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Earlier this year the TLSEW established an Ethics Education Forum under the Chairmanship of Professor Kim Economides, Exeter University. It was asked to consider a number of questions, two of which remain. Arriving at sound answers is now a high priority.

Should there be a compulsory ethics course or module during the academic stage of training? If not, what could be done to encourage training providers to include ethics courses or modules within their qualifying law degree and CPE programmes?

Does the Forum expect more compulsory training in ethics and conduct post-qualification?

If so, when would this take place and how frequently would solicitors be expected to undertake compulsory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in this area?

Keywords: Law Society of England and Wales'(TLSEW); Training Framework Review Group (TFRG); legal ethics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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  • Legal Ethics is an international and interdisciplinary journal devoted to the field of legal ethics.
    The journal provides an intellectual meeting ground for academic lawyers, practitioners and policy-makers to debate developments shaping the ethics of law and its practice at the micro and macro levels.
    Its focus is broad enough to encompass empirical research on the ethics and conduct of the legal professions and judiciary, studies of legal ethics education and moral development, ethics development in contemporary professional practice, the ethical responsibilities of law schools, professional bodies and government, and jurisprudential or wider philosophical reflections on law as an ethical system and on the moral obligations of individual lawyers.

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