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Columbia Law School's ethics course, "The Profession of Law" ("POL"), is an interactive, experiential exploration of lawyer ethics. The course, required for all third-year students, is taught on an intensive basis during the first week of the fall semester. It begins on Monday morning, the first day of the semester, and runs through mid-afternoon on the following Friday. The course has five goals: to introduce students to the rules that govern professional conduct; to help them develop an analytic framework for making ethical decisions in those broad areas where the rules do not give clear answers; to provoke them to think about what it means to be an ethical practitioner; to help them explore the relationship between their personal morality and professional ethics; and to give them the opportunity to practice ethical decisionmaking.


Law | Legal Education | Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility | Legal Profession