Skip to main content

Weather Update: All campuses are operating on normal schedules.

Comparative Approaches to Teaching Professional Responsibility in the Public Interest

Comparative Approaches to Teaching Professional Responsibility in the Public Interest (Program)

Paula Galowitz, New York University School of Law (US) (Moderator); Catherine Klein, The Catholic University of America (US); Mohamed Y. Mattar, Qatar University College of Law (Qatar); Marzia Barbera, University of Brescia (Italy); and Anna Cody, University of New South Wales (Australia) 

Comparative Approaches to Teaching Professional Responsibility in the Public Interest

The perspectives of the presenters are varied including teaching professional responsibility within a clinic; as a clinical component of an applied ethics course; as a separate course on legal ethics for the legal profession; and a separate course on professional responsibility in the public interest.  One of the presenters has also been doing empirical research on the impact of the clinical component of an applied ethics course on students and whether it increases their expressed commitment to contributing to the community; some aspects of this research will be included in the presentation.  All of the presenters are active members of GAJE (Global Alliance for Justice Education). 

Certain critical professional responsibility issues that relate directly to social responsibility will be addressed, from comparative perspectives. We will discuss how to raise these issues with students and teach them in effective ways, using innovative and active methods of teaching our students.  The session will also include incorporating the comparative law methodology in addressing issues of legal aid and legal ethics.