Philosophy | Applied Ethics
P242 | 3372 | Pearce

Topic: Ethics and the Law

Applied ethics (Ethics and the Law) involve the practical application of the rules
of professional conduct of lawyers and how these rules apply to the everyday
practice of the legal profession.  We will also examine the canons of judicial
conduct, which are the standards of conduct for judges.  How do these standards
of conduct for lawyers and judges protect the general public by the policing of the
legal profession and the administering of justice in our courts - or do these rules,
in reality, protect the general public?

As the calendar permits, we will also look at the rule of admission (to the bar) and
disciplining of lawyers.  Upon scrutiny, we'll attempt to answer the question of
whether these rules and canons really work or are they simply "window dressing"
for a profession and system in need of uplifting in the eyes of the general public?
Additional readings and studies might include the rules of small claims courts in
Indiana, and time permitting, such study will include scenarios of ethics regarding
the administration of justice and litigation involving landlords and tenants (a
common small claims subject of litigation).

Additional subjects which may be reviewed relate to patients' right under the
"patients Bill of Rights" as such codes and statements are related to medical
ethics.  Included in this subject would be the "Pediatric Bill of Rights," "Codes of
Specialty Healthcare Associations" and patients' rights as they are afforded by
the "Regulations for Skilled Nursing Facilities."

As to the administration of this course, roll will be taken inasmuch as such is
necessary in the student's expected class discussion participation.  Credit will be
given to innovative and constructive contributions in discussing our various
topics.  There will be at least four and not more than six essay examinations
during the course of the semester.  Each examination will be equal in value in the
student's grade.