Course: Professional Ethics

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Course title Professional Ethics
Course code CPV/NPE
Organizational form of instruction Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Tomoszek Maxim, JUDr. PhD.
Course content
1. Legal Ethics and its role in society, Pro bono, Values in law 2. Impartiality and independence, dignity and credibility, proficiency and professionalism 3. The relationship between lawyers and their clients 4. Conflict of interests, Confidentiality 5. Interrelationships between legal professions, Relationships with third parties, Relationships in the workplace, Codes of ethics and mechanisms to secure adherence to ethical rules 6. Further ethical rules - financial issues, Publicity, Particularities of various professions

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training)
Learning outcomes
In the course Professional Ethics students are introduced to basic principles of professional ethics and responsibilities in the Czech Republic. Besides attorneys the course focuses on other legal professions (judges, public prosecutors, etc.). The course uses practical form of education based on active approach of students, solving case studies, discussions with practicing lawyers and individual student work so that graduates are well-prepared to model situations that are likely to occur in their practice. To complete the course, students submit written assignment - an interview with a practicing lawyer focusing on professional ethics accompanied by their own reflection.
Students who have completed this course will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the features of law.
The completion of this course is not conditioned upon completion of any other courses.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance

It is essential that those students who would like to pass the course must have attendance within the scope set by the seminar teacher and succeed in the colloquium.
Recommended literature
  • Etické zásady chování soudce.
  • Etický kodex advokátů v Evropské unii.
  • Etický kodex ČAK.
  • Kodex profesionální etiky státního zástupce.
  • Komentář. Bulletin advokacie, roč. 1996, zvl. č. 2.
  • Sbírka kárných rozhodnutí ČAK 2008-2009.
  • Čermák, K. Pravidla profesionální etiky a pravidla soutěže advokátů České republiky.
  • Moliterno, J.E. (2003). Ethics of the lawyer's work. St. Paul: Thomson-West.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Law Law (2010) Law, legal and public administration proceeding 5 Winter
Faculty of Law Law (2010) Law, legal and public administration proceeding 3 -
Faculty of Law Law (2010) Law, legal and public administration proceeding 4 -