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Legal Ethics

Meritorious Claims

Meritorious Claims

Study the obligation imposed on lawyers to bring only meritorious claims and the prohibition on asserting frivolous claims, and learn about exactly what constitutes a meritorious or frivolous claim.


A lawyer’s ethical duties don’t end with the client. A lawyer also has duties toward the courts, opposing counsel, and others with whom the lawyer interacts.

In this lesson, we’ll learn about Model Rule of Professional Conduct 3.1, which prohibits lawyers from making frivolous claims or assertions in any proceeding. We’ll learn what the term frivolous means and discuss how far a lawyer may go in arguing on a client’s behalf. We’ll also learn about other sources that govern a lawyer’s duty to...