The study of ethics within the vocational professions has undergone somewhat of a renaissance in recent years. Several professions now, such as medicine, nursing, business, social work and education, include the study of ethics within their curriculum. With this in mind, it is perhaps surprising that the study of legal ethics in first degrees, within England and Wales, is still not compulsory. In contrast, many common law jurisdictions (notably the US, Australia and Canada) now require law students to study legal ethics, as part of a first degree.
However, this is beginning to change. Writing today in The Guardian Neil Rose, a legal journalist and editor, highlights the growing recognition, within the legal profession, that more needs to be done to ensure Continue reading “Ethics and the Law”