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Title: Learning Legal Ethics Through Clinic

Lead Presenter: Clark Cunningham


  1. Donald Nicolson
  2. Ernest Ojukwu
  3. Mary Anne Noone
  4. Nigel Duncan

Session Abstract: Learning Legal Ethics Through Clinic Session 171: Friday, July 24 11.00-12.30 Graduate School Derslik 7 Although clinical teachers often explore ethical issues as they happen to come up in client representation, this session will focus on courses or combination of courses intentionally designed to teach the substantive content of the most important conduct rules and other ethical obligations of a lawyer and then apply that knowledge in realistic simulation exercises and real-life experiences. Such an approach can satisfy relevant curricular requirements for teaching legal ethics while also enabling students to explore how ethical practice is much more than just compliance with conduct rules. This approach has the potential to improve both ethics and clinical education and can increase resources available for clinical teaching by using clinics to meet growing demands, from within both the academy and the profession, for expanded and more effective teaching of legal ethics. The session will begin with a presentation by Professor Mary Ann Noone from LaTrobe University, the only university in Australia that has incorporated the core ethics curriculum into an elective clinic; the combined course acts as a substitute for the required legal ethics course. (An edited Subject Learning Guide is uploaded with this abstract.) Professor Donald Nicolson will then explain “a cradle to grave” approach to legal ethics for students at Strathclyde University in Scotland, which offers the world’s first “Clinical LLB” in which students participate in clinic every year; they begin with a “crash course” in legal ethics, journal continuously about ethical issues, and conclude with a course on Ethics and Justice with weekly discussion based on clinic cases. Moving to post-graduate professional training, Professors Nigel Duncan and Ernest Ojukwa will describe how ethics teaching and assessment has been integrated into skills classes and externships at City Law School in London, England, and the Nigerian Law School. The session will be introduced and concluded by Professor Clark Cunningham, who holds the Burge Chair in Law & Ethics at Georgia State University (USA) and directs the National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism. He has written a review and analysis of best practices for learning professional responsibility that recommends the use of clinical experiences (an excerpt is uploaded with this abstract) and has developed a six-credit course called Transition To Practice being taught for this first time this fall, designed for students who have completed the first year, which covers the content of the required professional responsibility class through a combination of classroom and simulation teaching, fieldwork with practicing attorneys, and courtroom representation of domestic violence victims. Time is reserved for participants to report on their own work in teaching ethics through clinical and simulation courses.

Session Material:

  1. GAJE LearningEthicsThroughClinic Materials
  2. GAJE modified version 2015LPPSem1SubjectLearningGuide LaTrobe

See full list of abstracts here.