Fitness for Purpose: Mandatory Continuing Legal Ethics Education for Lawyers

Richard Devlin, Jocelyn Downie


The authors argue that if we want lawyers to be fit for the purpose of practicing law, and law societies to be fit for the purpose of regulating in the public interest, then it is incumbent upon the Canadian legal profession to adopt programmes of compulsory legal ethics education (CLEE). In support of this argument the authors: provide several reasons why Canadians might be concerned about the ethical fitness of lawyers and law societies; analyse several arguments both in supporting and resisting CLEE; suggest several strategies for overcoming the ethical indolence of the legal profession; and draw inspiration from recent judicial education initiatives in Canada.


Continuing Legal Ethics Education, Continuing Legal Education


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