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An Introduction to Business Ethics in Law

Time limit: 90 days
0.5 credits

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CLE Information

This course is approved for continuing legal education (CLE) credit in CA, CT, FL, NJ, and NY: 0.5 CLE credits for CA and 0.5 CLE credits for FL. Reporting requirements vary by state and we recommend that you check with your state's bar association for their guidelines on reporting requirements.

Release Date: April 1, 2021

Valid for Credit through: March 31, 2023

Course Description

This course uses video, PowerPoint sides, and interactive devices to explore four or five of the most common ethical issues that arise when a lawyer has an organization as a client. The topics include: Recognizing the actual client to whom the lawyer owes her duties; confidentiality and privilege in communications within the organization; reporting duties within and outside the organization; permissible contact with constituents of organizations in adversary circumstances; and multijurisdictional practice.

The video presentation offers selected vignettes that trigger the questions needing to be addressed. Participants will have the opportunity to choose a correct response from a menu of multiple-choice answers to the questions posed, and the program and the faculty narrator will explain the correct—or the best available—response. The course relies on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

Learning Objectives

  • To highlight and then explain several common legal ethics issues that arise when representing businesses, especially in transactional practice but also in litigation. 
  • Participants will recognize several ethical challenges that accompany organizational recognition, and understand how to respond to them.

Estimated Time to Complete

35 minutes

Instructions for Successful Completion

Participants have 90 days to complete the course online after registration.

All sales are final; no refunds are available. Registrations may not be transferred to another person or to another course, workshop, or program.

Course Instructor

Paul R. Tremblay
Clinical Professor of Law
Boston College Law School

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