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Legal Ethics

General Rule of Confidentiality

General Rule of Confidentiality

Learn about the ethical obligation of lawyers to safeguard client confidentiality in lawyer-client communications.


We have discussed the significance of confidentiality in the lawyer-client relationship throughout our tutorials and clips. The Model Rules as a whole place great value on a lawyer maintaining a client’s confidences; now we will look at the source of the general rule of confidentiality, contained in Model Rule 1.6(a). In this clip we will discuss the significance of confidentiality, discuss how a client may properly authorize disclosure by giving their informed consent, and compare the...