Course knowledge requirements
The course will be of interest to anyone who is captivated by lawyers, big business and questions of right and wrong. You might be a current or future law student, a practising lawyer, a regulator, or a member of the public.
The course will take an interactive approach, allowing you to both share your own opinions and experiences of lawyers, and learn from experts in legal ethics and legal services regulation. All jargon will be explained, so that you can join in without any specialist knowledge.
Course duration and content
This course is three weeks long. We will look at the different ways in which we can theorise about lawyers’ ethics, and we will then apply those theories to a series of case studies: some general (in Week 2); some focussing on specific research on corporate lawyers working for the world’s largest law firms (in Week 3).
The course has been developed by the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research (CEPLER) and is led by Dr Steven Vaughan, a solicitor and academic who researches lawyers' ethics and regulation in CEPLER. Steven spent almost a decade as a solicitor in the City of London advising multinational companies, governments, the UN and the World Bank before moving into academia.