Background Note | HBS Case Collection | July 2010 (Revised September 2011)

The Profession of the Law

by Lena G. Goldberg and Chad Carr


This note reviews the professional responsibilities and obligations of lawyers In the United States, explains how those standards affect client relationships and, by summarizing rules for resolution of conflicts and withdrawal, sets the stage for a discussion of the concept of professional loyalty to both a company and larger societal interests.

Keywords: Attorney and Client Relationships; Governing Rules, Regulations, and Reforms; Ethics; Standards; Legal Services Industry; United States;


Goldberg, Lena G., and Chad Carr. "The Profession of the Law." Harvard Business School Background Note 311-028, July 2010. (Revised September 2011.)