First, consider what it means when a lawyer takes the case of an injured party. Is this ethical? Are you being dispassionately, honest with your client? The answer to this example might depend on the lawyer taking the case and even more so with the judge looking over his decision. In other words, if the lawyer’s loyalty is to the law and not to their client, then taking the case will likely be dispassionate, but if loyalty is to the person the lawyer is representing, then the lawyer might take the case because it is in his best interest.
Another ethical question is: when do I take my final LSAT examination? Typically students will decide to take the test early enough to allow time to get back into practice with other clients before they have to sit for the actual LSAT. Some students choose to wait until nearly the end of the semester to take the exam. They may feel that they have all of the answers to the questions they have been asked already, and they may not need to take the time to study any further. However, they may be putting themselves at undue disadvantage to those who take the LSAT early, leaving them with less preparation time and increasing their risk of being tested in a new area. The better choice may be to wait until the last month of the semester to take the test.
Another ethical example considers an attorney who may have a difficult time deciding between cases that seem similar. Such a lawyer may use his or her expertise to effectively tell the client which case is more appropriately handled. This can lead to the lawyer spending hours on research that would have been devoted to a less complex case.
In some industries, ethics are even more important than professional service. One good example is the trucking industry. Drivers must adhere to a number of ethical obligations in order to stay on the roads and avoid accidents. If they fail to do so, they can end up in serious legal trouble.
In the trucking industry, trucking ethics must include the responsibility of using personal property in a safe manner. This involves adhering to safety and environmental laws and reporting any problems immediately to authorized personnel. A driver can receive a ticket for driving a tractor-trailer truck while operating it in an unsafe manner. The court may issue a fine, or make the driver accountable for the safety of others on the road. Even worse, if he is convicted, he can be permanently banned from operating a tractor-trailer truck.
Another example is that of a lawyer practicing in a certain field. If a lawyer does not take proper care of his clients, he may be guilty of professional negligence. For example, if the lawyer fails to take care of his client and allows them to do things in an unsafe manner, he may be held liable. It doesn’t matter whether or not he intended to cause harm. If he fails to take proper care, he may be found guilty.
There are many other legal ethics examples. Lawyers, however, should be kept well-informed about ever-changing developments in the legal system. They need to understand what legal standards are currently being applied and what those standards may have changed recently. They also need to understand what new technological issues could result in new legal problems.