Philosophy | Applied Ethics
P242 | 3205 | 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 a
re 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 th
e 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 simple "window dressing" for a pro
fession 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 administr
ation of justice and litigation involving landlords and tenants (a common small claims subject of litigation).

Additional subjects which may be reviewed relate to patients' rights 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 He
althcare 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 three essay examinations during the course of the semester.  Each examination will be equal in value in the student's grade.