For the purpose of legal research, there are two kinds of ethical codes in the United States: model codes and state codes. State Codes are the ethical rules officially adopted by the states, under the authority of either the legislature or (more usually) the state's highest court. These rules are binding on legal practitioners licensed and practicing within that jurisdiction. While the model codes are often the general inspiration for state codes, the model and state codes are not identical as individual states do customize the codes to meet the particular needs and preferences of their jurisdictions.
In Print: The state codes of professional ethics are usually published in a volume with the state's court rules. To locate the court rules for a particular state, use the subject index to the state code.
State Guides. The library has published a research guide for each state. Visit our Research Guides list to find the relevant state guide.