Law 165 - Understanding Legal Ethics
Sung Hui Kim
Faculty Director of the Program on In-House Counsel, Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy
M.A Emory, 1988
J.D. Harvard, 1992
This course explores the broader themes of legal ethics through the lenses of philosophy, personal narrative, popular culture, psychology, and sociology and considers the advantages and disadvantages of the various approaches. The goal is to provide students an opportunity to think about legal ethics from a broader perspective than would ordinarily be encountered in a more traditional professional responsibility course which emphasizes the specific rules. Students will explore and debate the various models of lawyering, as represented by the organized bar, academic literature and popular culture, and will grapple with key questions, such as: how does one define what is or is not ethical behavior? how much discretion should be afforded lawyers in making ethical decisions? what are the causes of unethical behavior? The course will also emphasize the economic, social, and political realities of legal practice, as explained by the various approaches. This course is not intended to displace the traditional Professional Responsibility Course and, accordingly, will NOT fulfill the professional responsibility requirement mandated for students of accredited law schools.