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Legal Ethics Research Guide

This guide focuses on the codes of professional ethics and ethics opinions available from the American Bar Association and various state bar associations. Contents of this guide include Codes of Professional Ethics and ethics opinions.


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When researching issues of legal ethics, court opinions can be found in the traditional case law databases in Lexis and Westlaw.

However, you will also need to consult sources beyond the familiar cases and statutes, such as codes of professional ethics and ethics opinions issued by state and national bar associations. To assist you with your research, there are numerous secondary sources that focus specifically on issues in legal ethics. These secondary sources, including books and journal articles, are designed to help you understand the issues and locate primary materials.

This guide will give you an overview of the materials available, both print and online, that you will need to conduct your research in legal ethics. Locations of materials in the library are given.

To browse materials available online:

Updating Ethics Materials

Online versions of Shepard's and KeyCite do not cover the Model Rules or ethics opinions.