Register for free to upload content and post comments

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

Empirical Evidence of Values in the Professions

Submitted by Michael Holdsworth on Tue, 07-22-2014
Long title
Virtues and Values in the Professions: Empirical Evidence to Inform the Future of Legal Ethics Education
Holdsworth, Michael
Author(s)' contact information
University of Birmingham, UK
Conference title
International Legal Ethics Conference VI
Conference location
City University London
United Kingdom
Select the option that describes the rights you hold in the attached content
I have not attached any content.
Select a license for the attached content
I have not attached any content.
New organizational entities for providing legal services, new qualifying routes into the profession, greater emphasis on competition and on non-traditional recruitment are illustrative of a wave of change in what might now be better described as the legal services sector than the legal profession. While these changes have implications for the knowledge and skills required of those working in the sector, this paper considers whether new regulations, new working environments and a changing workforce have consequences for the ethics of legal practice and its practitioners.
We examine these problems through three research questions, which ask: (1) which virtues and values are particularly valued in the legal profession; (2) how do these virtues and values shape professional practice and (3) what are the implications for ethics education? Using data from an on-line survey of about 800 respondents at three career stages (1st year undergraduates, completing LPC/BPTC trainees and established practitioners) and over 80 interviews, which include legal educators, regulators and members of representative bodies, we examine views on key professional values and responses to a set of ethical dilemmas. The paper provides preliminary results from this study and considers their implications for the ‘wave of change’ in the sector and what might be the consequences for initial and continuing legal education and training.
Other Topics
Lawyer Regulation