Register for free to upload content and post comments

A user-driven online community and resource library for ethics teachers, scholars, and practitioners worldwide.

Using the Concept of a “Philosophy of Lawyering” in Teaching Professional Responsibility

Submitted by Joe Hoffman on Tue, 11-10-2009
Crystal, Nathan
Author(s)' contact information

St. Louis University Law Journal
Volume number
First page number
United States
Lawyers face many decisions in connection with the practice of law. The most important and most difficult decisions require the exercise of sound professional judgment and discretion. To guide them in the exercise of judgment, lawyers need to develop what I call a "philosophy of lawyering," a principle-based approach for making difficult professional decisions. Law school courses on ethics and professional responsibility can be enriched, deepened, and made more relevant to students if teachers help students begin to develop their own philosophy of lawyering to deal with the difficult questions they will face in the practice of law. In this article I offer suggestions for how this can be done.