Careers in Legal Ethics: Serving the Profession as the Lawyer’s Lawyer

Stephanie Pauly
Assistant bar counsel interact with lawyers seeking ethics advice and those who have been accused of professional misconduct.

Assistant bar counsel interact with lawyers seeking ethics advice and those who have been accused of professional misconduct.

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As lawyers, we should all be familiar with the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. It is part of the required curriculum at ABA-accredited law schools and a passing score on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is required for admission to most jurisdictions. However, many new and experienced lawyers alike are unaware that there is a career path in professional responsibility. Though often not considered, practice opportunities in the field of legal ethics are surprisingly wide-ranging and appealable to lawyers with a diverse range of strengths and talents. 

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