Law School Instruction in Professional Responsibility: A Curricular Paradox

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Author(s): 
Pipkin, Ronald M.
Publication: 
American Bar Foundation Research Journal
Volume number: 
1979
Year: 
1979
First page number: 
247
Last page number: 
275
Country: 
USA

Legal ethics has recently become the focus of professional and public concern. One aspect of that concern has to do with the education and socialization of law students in professional responsibility. This study, using data from a sample of law students in diverse school settings, examines the influence of prevailing learning norms in legal education on student responses to courses in professional responsibility. The author also reviews the bases of ambiguous sentiments about the role of education in professional ethics and concludes with a discussion of the difficulties and dilemmas involved in attempts to alter the established mode of instruction.