What Legal Ethics Must Be A Solicitor By The Legal Professions Admission Board At New South Wales

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I INTRODUCTION
The requirements for admission to practice as a solicitor by the Legal Professions Admission Board in New South Wales are: education and for the person to be a ‘fit and proper person’. The latter requirement is the one that will be of most interest in this reflection and it will also be looked at in reference to the underlying criterion of ‘good fame and character’.

The topics covered in Weeks 7-12 both in tutorials and online continually redefined what legal ethics is. However, the Week 8 tutorial exercise relating to Spaulding v Zimmerman, really helped me come to an understanding of what legal ethics is or perhaps more pertinently what it should be in terms of the morality of lawyers.

II DISCUSSION
When looking at the works of different legal ethicists there are a variety of perspectives presented on whether the concern of legal ethics is the morality of lawyers, the morality of clients or the morality of law, with some arguing that it is concerned with all three. The content of this course has focused primarily on the morality of lawyers and this was the concept that I struggled with most.

The traditional approach to lawyering is adversarial advocacy which requires lawyers to suspend their moral judgement and use zealous tactics to advocate their client’s interests as vigorously as possible. Whilst trying to navigate complex hypothetical moral dilemmas, I found myself constantly reflecting back on the famous question posed by…

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