The study of professional responsib ility is, of course, critical to those who wish to pr actice as lawyers. Without a clear understanding of the expectations of the profession, no lawyer will function effectively. Beyond that simple practical need, however, new lawyers need to have a realistic perspective on the competence and the limitations of their profession.
But the study of legal ethics is a valuable undertaking even for those who have no intention of becoming lawyers. Many people see the legal system as a mysterious set of rituals which make little sense. (And that perspective is not completely unrealistic.) For any one with an interest in under standing how the law works, it is important to understand how and why those who work within the law behave.
Hopefully this text will make some sense of that behavior for both audiences.
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Comparative and Foreign Law | Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Rine, Nicholas. Professional Responsibility. L. U. Meng, co-author. Cambodian Legal Textbook Series. San Francisco: Community Legal Education Center, 2000.