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Skip to 0 minutes and 18 secondsSTEVEN VAUGHAN: Hello, and welcome to this free course on "Corporate Lawyers-- Ethics, Regulation, and Purpose." I'm Dr. Steven Vaughan, Senior Lecturer in the Law School at the University of Birmingham. Over the next three weeks, we're going to be asking some hard and probing questions about the role of lawyers in society and about legal ethics.

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 secondsThis week, is an introduction to lawyers and legal services in England and Wales. We'll be looking at the legal services that can only be provided by a qualified lawyer and that legal advice can be provided by anybody. We'll also be looking at the different types of lawyer, solicitor, barrister, legal exec, et cetera, and how those different types of lawyer are regulated.

Skip to 1 minute and 2 secondsWe're going to ask what it means to be a professional, and we'll look at videos with members of the public when we ask them what's the first thing that comes into their head when they hear the word "lawyer" and the word "professional." We're also going to be speaking with Caroline Wallace, Director of Strategy at the Legal Services Board, about her views on legal services and legal services regulation.

Skip to 1 minute and 23 secondsNext week is an introduction to lawyers ethics. We'll look at different theories of ethics and how they might be applied the hypothetical factual scenarios. We'll also be looking at how legal ethics gets written down into codes of conduct approved by the legal services regulators.

Skip to 1 minute and 40 secondsIn the final week, we're going to look at my research on corporate lawyers and ethics inside some of the world's largest law firms. We'll be looking at the challenges those lawyers face and how they can find ways to push back against the pressures that they come up against.

Skip to 1 minute and 56 secondsWe really want to hear from you on the course. We've been through a lot of places for you to share your opinions and your thoughts with us. I really hope you enjoy this week.

Welcome to the Course

Welcome to the ‘Corporate Lawyers’ course!

In this video your lead educator, Dr Steven Vaughan, introduces himself and briefly explains what you will be covering in your next three weeks with us. This week is an introduction to legal services in England & Wales.

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Dr Steven Vaughan


CEPLER is the largest centre in the UK dedicated to the legal profession and questions of legal education. It has strong links with the profession, giving you the opportunity to learn with world-leading academics, the majority of whom are also practitioners. This course, although applicable to corporate lawyers generally, will be focussing on the specific legal conditions in England and Wales

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Corporate Lawyers: Ethics, Regulation and Purpose

University of Birmingham