Legal Ethics

  • AUTHOR: Kent Kauffman
  • ISBN-13: 9780840024657 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 624 Pages  Paperback 
  • 3rd Edition  |  Previous Editions: 2009, 2004
  • ©2014     Published
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About The Product

With its practical, hands-on approach to legal ethics, the third edition of LEGAL ETHICS is designed to ensure that students have a solid grasp of the ethical rules that apply in the legal setting. Comprehensive yet easy to understand, this engaging text provides a thorough and substantive analysis of the major principles that affect how the practice of law is regulated. Filled with real-life examples of lawyer and non-lawyer instances of misconduct, current and classic case law, and discussions of famous (and infamous) people, this straightforward text brings the material to life and demonstrates how courts interpret and apply ethical rules to lawyers and their non-lawyer employees. Updated study aids, ethical dilemmas, case studies, and coverage of the paralegal job market and compensation have been added to the third edition so that students are prepared for a career in today's legal workplace.


  • REAL-WORLD APPLICATION. Dozens of real-life examples of lawyer and non-lawyer misbehaviors help breathe life into the ethics rules. In addition, current and classic case law help students see how courts interpret and apply the ethics rules to lawyers and their non-lawyer employees.
  • HYPOTHETICAL SCENARIOS. "Ethics in Action" features are provided at the end of every chapter in order to expose students to the types of dilemmas that are likely to be found in the real world.
  • MOVIE GUIDE. A legal ethics movie guide appendix brings important principles to life.

About the Contributor

  • Kent Kauffman

    Kent Kauffman is an Assistant Professor of Business Law at Indiana University— Purdue University Fort Wayne. He is a graduate of Temple University and The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University and is licensed to practice law in Indiana. He is a member of the American Bar Association and Indiana State Bar Association and has been listed many times in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers."

Table of Contents

1. Lawyers, Legal Assistants, and the Regulation of the Legal Profession.
2. Paralegals and Their Profession.
3. The Unauthorized Practice of Law.
4. Confidentiality .
5. Conflicts of Interest.
6. Advertising and Solicitation.
7. Fees and Fee Sharing.
8. Ethics in Litigation, Malpractice Liability, and Pro Bono Services.

New to this Edition

  • STUDY AIDS. Chapter outlines and chapter highlights have been added to each chapter in order to emphasize key terms and introduce and summarize key points of the material.
  • ETHICAL ISSUES. Designed to put the chapter content in a real-world context, short narratives about paralegals and lawyers entitled "Ethics Matters" can be found in each chapter. The third edition also contains new discussion of "Ethics 20/20," which is the American Bar Association's most recent effort at revising its ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • CASE STUDIES. New "Not Quite Lincoln" stories have been added to each chapter. Each Not Quite Lincoln is an easy-to-read, mid-sized vignette that is a warning about what not to do.
  • RECENT TRENDS. The third edition includes discussion of how the latest trends on the Internet impact legal ethics, including LegalZoom, Facebook, cloud computing, social media sites, and
  • CAREER COVERAGE. Updated data on the paralegal job market and compensation, as collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and key paralegal organizations, have been provided.

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  • Loose-Leaf Version
    ISBN-10: 1337413828 | ISBN-13: 9781337413824
    Price = $61.75