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Code of Conduct

As a self-governing profession, Alberta’s lawyers are expected to conduct themselves and their law practices in ways which are highly ethical and above reproach. The Code of Conduct defines the principles and high standards which are applied to every lawyer in Alberta.

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The new Code is based on a Model Code of Conduct developed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The Federation developed the Model Code to facilitate lawyer mobility and promote public confidence in a self-regulated legal profession across the country.

The Code is in effect as of November 1, 2011 for all Alberta lawyers, students-at-law and visiting lawyers. The Law Society of Alberta has adopted new conflict of interest rules in the Code of Conduct, effective December 1, 2012.

The Law Society and LESA (Legal Education Society of Alberta) have collaborated to prepare new online learning modules on the Code of Conduct. This course is intended to assist lawyers in transitioning to the new professional responsibility rules. On completion, lawyers should have an understanding of the rules and structure of the new Code of Conduct.

If you already have access to the LESA online classroom for Trust Accounting courses, you are already enrolled, and you can use the same login procedures to take the Code of Conduct course. Access the online learning modules.

If you have any questions please contact the Practice Advisors.