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Legal Ethics

Legal Ethics (2nd edn)

Jonathan Herring
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date: 18 July 2024

p. 11. Ethical theorieslocked

p. 11. Ethical theorieslocked

  • Jonathan HerringJonathan HerringProfessor in Law at Exeter College, University of Oxford


This chapter sets out some general theories about ethics. How do we judge what is the right thing to do? What makes a decision morally justifiable? What makes a person good? It considers some ethical disagreements and describes some of the general ethical approaches that are taken to ethical dilemmas. It then addresses the question of whether lawyers’ ethics are any different from others. Finally, it looks at how legal training and legal practice has taken the ethical obligations of lawyers more seriously.

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