How Legal-Education Changes Lawyers

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

This research will examine the intimate link between values, professionalization and
ethical decision making using tools developed in social psychology to examine whether
values differ at different stages of legal education. Are law students entering into legal
education fonder of pro-social values than those ending their education and going into
practice? Are they more or less prone to take ethically questionable decisions?
The use of a standardized instruments for assessment of personal values developed by
Shalom Schwartz allows comparisons to be made not only between different legal
educational institutions in different countries through our survey work but will also
facilitate a comparison between law students and the general population using European
Social Survey Data.5 In doing so, it will examine whether law school selects students
who are already predisposed through their personal values to less ethical behavior.

This research will also result in a survey instrument which may have a wide range of
uses, not limited to a legal setting. The development of a standardized instrument for the
examination of personal values, ethical decision making, professionalization and moral
licensing may serve as a tool to examine institutional corruption in a wide range of
situations.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/1/146/15/15

Funding

  • Harvard University (Letter 8/27/14)

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