ERIC Number: ED382142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-18
Reference Count: N/A
Identifying the Need for Teaching Ethics in Professional Legal Education.
Askins, Billy E.; And Others
This paper describes how the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board (MCLE) of the Supreme Court of New Mexico used the "MacCrate Report" to start a process of identifying the need for practical training in ethics education for legal professionals. The report, "Legal Education and Professional Development--An Educational Continuum" (1992), better known as the MacCrate Report, has as a primary emphasis a section on fundamental lawyering skills and values of the profession as well as the continuum nature of professional legal education. Based on the report, a training needs assessment instrument concerning fundamental lawyering skills was developed. Contrary to some expectations, the instrument did not include a section pertaining to self-assessment of "competence in values." This controversy started a review to determine the extent to which ethics is taught in legal education, both in the law school and continuing legal education programs. Ethics was found to be extremely neglected in both settings. (Contains 18 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: MacCrate Report; New Mexico
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).