Bar exams, legal ethics and the fight against corruption: lessons from Brazil

Economides, Kim ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9106-6958 and de Rezende Alvim, Joaquim Leonel (2020) Bar exams, legal ethics and the fight against corruption: lessons from Brazil. Legal Ethics, 23 (1-2). pp. 31-47. ISSN 1460-728X


Abstract

In this article we explain the specific contribution of Bar exams to the professional socialisation of Brazilian lawyer leaders through examining their changing content, particularly the coverage of and balance between commercial and public interests. Understanding what drives curriculum change, as reflected in vocational assessment, could inform the future skills and ethical components of preparatory training of lawyers that in turn might hold implications for the fight against corruption. While we aim to demystify some of the myths surrounding Brazilian lawyers’ ethical conduct, that often are reinforced by misleading and unrealistic media representations of legal heroism, we claim the ethical content of vocational Bar exams can still offer valuable insights into the formation of professional character, including the ability of lawyers to fully comprehend and connect with underlying fundamental values and interests that support both professional and state power. At the same time, we must recognise ethical training has its limits and can only ever go so far in helping to eradicate corruption. Our broad claim is that lessons emerging from recent Brazilian experience could, with some caveats, potentially guide and inform future developments in legal education and training elsewhere.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2022 23:05
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2022 23:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bar association examinations, Brazil, corruption, vocational training, professionalisation, legal ethics, legal profession, law schools
Fields of Research (2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4899 Other law and legal studies > 489999 Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4805 Legal systems > 480505 Legal practice, lawyering and the legal profession
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1460728x.2020.1822098
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49234

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