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Tending The Bar: The "Good Character" Requirement For Law Society Admission, Alice Woolley Apr 2007

Tending The Bar: The "Good Character" Requirement For Law Society Admission, Alice Woolley

Dalhousie Law Journal

Every Canadian law society requires thatapplicants for bar admission be of "good character" The author assesses the administration of this requirement and its statedpurposes ofensuring ethical conductby lawyers, protecting the public and maintaining the profession's reputation. In particular, the premise underlying the use of the good character requirement to fulfill those purposes - that character is the "well-spring of professional conduct in lawyers" - is subjected to critical examination through the theoretical principles of Artistotelian virtue ethics and the empirical evidence of social psychology. The primary thesis of this paper is that as currently justified, administered and applied the good …