Legal Ethics
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Õigusalane eetika
Course title in English
Legal Ethics
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
William Lloyd Burns (inglise keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To create opportunities to gain knowledge of the following:
• To give an overview of the practical bases of legal ethics;
• To examine the nature and character of ethical obligations of lawyers;
• To create opportunities for learning how to use in practice the knowledge gained in the course through the study of cases;
• To widen the students’ understanding about sanctions which may be imposed for unethical conduct;
• To give the students understanding of the most important elements of the code of ethics regarding lawyers.
Brief description of the course
The course examines the basis for ethical conduct of lawyers, the foundations of which are reflected in moral systems and values within the society, and to specifically give a grounding to the student in the black letter rules for conduct adopted by various bar associations. The CCBE and ABA Codes of conduct will be examined and case materials will be briefed. Case materials will be presented and discussed. Special problem areas, such as confidentiality, diligence, loyalty, etc. will be addressed and discussed.
Disciplinary procedures as well as the impact of peer pressure, relationship with the courts and the effect of bar associations on the conduct of lawyers will be examined.
Independent work
Preparation for seminars.
Completing assigned home tasks.
Learning outcomes in the course
The student will learn parameters of ethical conduct of lawyers and the basis for those rules as well as sanctions, which may be imposed for the breach of the rules of ethics for lawyers.
Knowledge of the place and importance of legal ethics in the practice of law;
General knowledge about each important area of CCBE Code of Ethics;
Knowledge about the directions of future development of legal issues contained in the CCBE, such as advertising, independence, cross border legal services;
The student will also learn what obligations are imposed upon the profession by the categorical imperative model regarding conduct of lawyers;
The student will learn the different structure of legal professions in various European countries as well as the US.

Assessment methods
Written exam.
Other methods as detailed in the course program, including individual or group problem solving exercises, case presentations/analysis, a term or scholarly paper, and attendance and participation in seminar discussions.
Study literature
Moliterno, James, and George Harris. Global Issues in Legal Ethics, Cases and Materials. Thomson /West: St. Paul, Minn., U.S.A. 2007.
ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct 2016.
Code of Conduct for European Lawyers 2006.