Difference Between Professionalism and Ethics
Professionalism concerns the knowledge and skill of the law faithfully employed in the service of client and public good, and entails what is more broadly expected of attorneys. It includes courses on the duties of attorneys to the judicial system, courts, public, clients, and other attorneys; attorney competency; and pro-bono obligations.
Legal ethics set forth the standards of conduct required of an Attorney; professionalism includes what is more broadly expected. Section 1.Rule 3(c) of the “Rules of Continuing Legal Education” as amended by the Louisiana Supreme Court on May 23, 1997.
Generally, ethics rules tell us what we cannot do and professionalism deals with what we should do.