Legal Ethics and Legal Profession Research Guide

This guide focuses on the codes of professional ethics and ethics opinions from the American Bar Association and state bar associations. This guide also identifies resources for researching management of law offices and corporate legal departments.

Legal Ethics

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 (model codes and state codes) 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.