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An Introduction to Business Ethics in Law

Time limit: 90 days
0.5 credits

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Full course description

Faculty Creator: Paul R. Tremblay, Law School

Course Info: 

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

Course Title: 

An Introduction to Business Ethics in Law

Release Date:

April 1, 2021

Valid for Credit through:

March 31, 2023

Participants have 90 days to complete the program online after registration

Estimated time to complete Module

35 minutes

Target Audience

This course has been designed to meet the educational needs of lawyers and legal professionals involved with ethical issues.

Accreditation Statement / CLE Credit:

Wording TBD

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Wording TBD

Instructions for Successful Completion:

The cost to participate and receive CLE credit for this course is $45.  Participants have 90 days to complete the course after registration. To successfully complete the course and receive a certificate, participants must 1) read the learning Objectives and Faculty Disclosures; 2) participate in the course, including interactive components; and 3) complete the course evaluation at the end of the course.  After successfully completing this evaluation participants will be able to access their certificate of completion for the course.

Financial Aid / Refunds:

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


This course is designed to enhance lawyers’ and legal professionals’ knowledge of current professional practices related to ethics.  This course does not replace existing legal and regulatory requirements and rules.

Course Goals / 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.


Course Description: (125 words max)

This course will use 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 will 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 will offer 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 will rely on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct.


Course Instructor

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

Paul R. Tremblay is a Clinical Professor of Law at Boston College Law School. A member of the faculty since 1982, he teaches clinical courses at BC Legal Services LAB within the Center for Experiential Learning. He served as the Associate Dean for Experiential Learning until 2015. Professor Tremblay also teaches a professional responsibility course each year. Prior to his appointment at Boston College Law School, Professor Tremblay was a Senior Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and an instructor at UCLA School of Law. He has also taught a course at Harvard Law School.

Professor Tremblay directs the Community Enterprise Clinic, one of Boston College Law School’s transactional clinical courses. In the Community Enterprise Clinic, students represent low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. The mission of the Community Enterprise Clinic is to support economic progress in under-resourced neighborhoods, and to offer a vibrant educational experience to students interested in business law, transactional work, and community economic development.

Before developing the transactional clinic, Professor Tremblay taught civil litigation and housing law clinics at LAB.

Professor Tremblay is actively involved in matters of professional ethics, transactional practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and legal services for the poor. He serves as the co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Ethics Committee, and a board member of Lawyers Clearinghouse. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility. He is the co-author of two textbooks used in law school clinics around the country, and more than 25 law review articles.

Professor Tremblay was the recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers Award from the Clinical Legal Education Association and was awarded the Emil Slizewski Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008.