Teaching ethics, from a former student

It’s wonderful to hear from former students, especially when they validate what you’ve been trying to do in the classroom. Here is an excerpt from an email from one of my students who now works in the Attorney General’s office in Washington, D.C. (with his permission):

“The Business Ethics class and my Legal Ethics class at Hofstra Law with former dean Monroe Freedman – between the two of you – were such wonderful training for spotting issues and analyzing them, and reflecting upon them, in real life applications. I think being forced to only “learn the rules” is the least effective way to learn ethics — especially the more I see how the “recognize an ethics issue when it is before you” approach actually is the more essential tool in the quote “real world”. The only way you can do that is to be forced to think through difficult questions and weigh the tough values associated with them – which may or may not have easy answers.”


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