PE401 | Professional Ethics

Course Information

  • 2020-21
  • PE401
  • B.A., LL.B. (Hons.)
  • IV
  • Jul 2020
  • Core Course

The legal profession is undergoing a significant transition at the turn of the 21st century. The profession is faced with new challenges like globalization of the legal profession, legal outsourcing, transnational law firms, human rights advocacy etc. At this juncture the necessity of course on legal practice and professional ethics has become a priority for the emerging lawyers.

The objective of this course is to give the students an understanding of the importance of ethics in the legal profession and to make them appreciate the core values of professional conduct in the practice of law. It is to help the students understand the laws governing legal practice in India and the importance of ever evolving canons of professional standards and etiquettes as recognised the world over. It is necessary to imbibe the values of the noble professional standards and etiquettes as recognised the world over. It is the paramount duty of every legal practitioner to act as an officer of the court and to assist them in the administration of justice by respecting and honouring the judicial institutions and condemning all acts of contempt of these institutions. In addition, the course will help the students understand the working of the various regulatory authorities like the Bar Council of India, the State Bar Councils and the consumer forum. It shall also introduce the students to the various challenges faced by the legal profession in this globalized era.

Professional Ethics is a mandatory course under the Bar Council. It foundational and standalone course. It is also a compulsory paper in the Bar Exam and Advocate-on-Record examination.

The teaching methodology adopted for this course is theoretical discussions of the fundamental principles of ethics and various aspects of professional dilemma and challenges. It is largely based on reading of Advocates Act 1961, Contempt of Court Act 1971, case laws and secondary materials.

Faculty

Yashomati Ghosh
Dr. Yashomati Ghosh

Associate Professor of Law