Ethics, values and professional responsibilities

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The various skills used by lawyers are interrelated. An attempt is made to separate them in texts such as this one for the purpose of study. However, there is one skill (or, more accurately a set of skills) which ideally should never be separated from the others: lawyers must be able to recognise and respond appropriately to ethical dilemmas. What does this involve?
First, lawyers need to recognise an ethical dilemma when they are confronted with one. An ethical dilemma arises when there is a conflict of values - or a range of conflicting values at stake which suggests "a variety of alternative and contradictory courses of action".1 Lawyers must decide which course of action to pursue.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSkills, ethics and values for legal practice
EditorsBobette Wolski
Place of PublicationPrymont
PublisherLawbook Co.
Number of pages74
ISBN (Print)9780455225920
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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    Wolski, B. (2009). Ethics, values and professional responsibilities. In B. Wolski (Ed.), Skills, ethics and values for legal practice (2nd ed., pp. 47-120). Prymont: Lawbook Co..