Trust Me, I'm a Lawyer: The Ethics of Being Professional

Ethics and Professional Responsibility

CPD Points 1


This course provides a fresh perspective of some of the ethical challenges facing the legal profession by examining these issues from the perspective of a philosopher.

There are times when lawyers do things which are considered appropriate in the course of legal practice, but in other contexts would attract moral disapproval. One of the consequences of this is reduced levels of public trust in the legal profession and a lack of understanding among the public of a lawyer’s role and ethical duties.

This course examines these and other challenges facing the legal profession from a different perspective – that of a philosopher and ethicist. Some of the issues considered in this course include:

  • what it means to be a member of a profession;
  • the social role taken on by lawyers, and how this may be viewed by the general public;
  • the role of trust in society and the legal profession; and
  • challenges facing the legal profession relating to trust, and how these might be addressed.

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Last Updated: February 2022

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LawCPD author: Professor Stephan Millett

Professor Stephan Millett

Professor Millett has specialised in applied philosophy and ethics for over 20 years and currently runs a consultancy in applied ethics for organisations.

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