Legal ethics in the trial of Oscar Wilde

Clare Sandford-Couch, Sarah Mercer

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This paper considers, in the context of an undergraduate law degree, how to encourage students to develop an awareness of ethical issues relating to membership of a 'profession' and how lawyers could and should conduct themselves, whilst retaining the notion of a law degree as part of a liberal arts education. It suggests an interdisciplinary approach, both in its content and its methodologies, as an innovative and interesting means of addressing issues of legal ethics and professional responsibility. It offers an analysis of the trial of Oscar Wilde, to show that it may be possible to inculcate a level of 'ethical awareness' through a study of the actions and behaviours of the legal professionals involved in famous or historical trials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-133
JournalLegal Ethics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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