Description: This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to think critically about issues in legal ethics and professionalism. As well, it will help students understand the different ethical and professional issues that arise in particular practice contexts. What are the different professional dilemmas confronting Bay Street lawyers as compared to small town lawyers? What are the challenging ethical issues facing crown prosecutors? How are these similar and dissimilar to the ethical issues facing criminal defence lawyers? How might one think about the ethical duties of the poverty lawyer and the in-house corporate counsel? How are these different ethical and professional issues reconciled in the context of our professional duties under the LSO Rules, case-law and existing norms of practice? Through readings as well as in-class problem-based discussions, the focus will be both conceptual and practical. Students will be expected to participate extensively in the discussions. The course is also designed to provide students with an opportunity to focus on particularly noteworthy ethical or professional issues within particular practice settings and to present these issues in both a team-based class setting and through a research paper. Additionally, throughout the term, the profession’s professional obligations as articulated in the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be considered.
Evaluation: 1. Class participation - 20% of the overall course grade. 2. Individual or Group presentation - 20% of the overall course grade. 3. An independent research paper of 7000 words (excluding footnotes) - 60% of the overall course grade.