Legal Professional Ethics as a Principal Subject in Law School Curriculum

Gurbani Walia
Practicing Law at the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad, Lucknow Bench, India.

Volume II – Issue III, 2020

Legal ethics even though, part of the core curriculum of almost every Indian law school, is treated as a second-class subject. Even in the college I completed my law from pushed Professional Ethics into the last semester of both the three-year LLB and the five-year integrated course, making it impossible for the students to analyze other law courses in light of the legal ethics and values learnt in this course. Such sideling of the subject has resulted in the legal profession becoming more of a lucrative job option than a field that can guide people into changing the society for good. This secondary treatment of the subject has taken away the sense of responsibility the new graduates should feel towards the society at large. In this article I will discuss that law schools should put Legal Ethics at the heart of their curriculum so that the students are able to make ethically informed career choices and mitigate the further decaying of our legal system.


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