Bloomberg Law
Jan. 25, 2022, 9:45 AM

Law School Ethics Becomes ‘Real,’ Tackles Covid, Social Justice

Melissa Heelan
Melissa Heelan

Standard legal ethics courses, long considered dry and theoretical by many students, have experienced a renaissance over the past two years due to the pandemic and an increased focus on social justice.

Law school professional responsibility professors say they’ve shifted the focus of their classroom conversations, putting more emphasis on practical topics like what the post-pandemic law office will look like and how to incorporate principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in future lawyers’ practices.

The pandemic “has sped up the pace of change that we were already seeing” regarding what’s discussed and which rules are emphasized, said Cassandra Burke ...

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