Ethics for Paralegals attempts to animate the study of Ethics. It is critical for the paralegal student to understand the parameters of their not only their job, but also the ethical rules that define the proper practice of law. It is only after understanding legal ethics that the paralegal understands why they do things a certain way in the law office. Files are kept in a certain manner to maintain client confidentiality, retainers are collected in a certain way to comply with the rules relating to fees, and even a paralegal’s business card has ethical implications regarding the “unauthorized practice of law”. This text attempts to put these ethical rules into perspective. Attorneys and paralegals deal with these rules everyday, so everyday examples and hypotheticals are used for in-class discussion.
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