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Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Research

Finding professional responsibility rules (ABA and California) and ethics opinions, as well as practice guides, books and articles on legal ethics and professional responsibility

Practice Guides & Other Secondary Sources

These sources give overviews of the law of professional responsibility and cite to primary materials, such as major statutes, rules, and cases.

Paper Topic Ideas & Recent Ethics Developments

Browse or search these sources to get an idea of the most controversial or widely-discussed legal ethics issues.

California Rules of Professional Conduct

The State Bar of California has Rules of Professional Conduct and related rules, statutes and other materials on its web site.

Annotated Rules of Professional Conduct are included in West's and Deering's annotated California codes in print and online.

[On May 10, 2018, the California Supreme Court approved new Rules of Professional Conduct. The new rules went into effect on Nov. 2, 2018. The State Bar's site has the new rules. Some of the other sites and sources below may continue to display the prior Rules of Professional Conduct for a time.]

ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct

Here are some sources for the ABA Model Rules (with comments), as well as some additional materials with helpful information on the Model Rules.

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