The Journal, through its four annual issues and featured symposia, aspires to serve as the main forum for the discussion and development of the most compelling and pertinent issues currently affecting both the Bench and the Bar. As a law journal, we seek to exemplify the mission and mandate of the legal profession articulated in Canon 32 of the Canons of Professional Ethics which was approved by the American Bar Association in 1908. Canon 32 states that the lawyer “advances the honor of his profession and the best interest of his client when he renders service or gives advice tending to impress upon the client and his undertaking exact compliance with the strictest principles of moral law….” The Journal has also broadened its vision to invite interdisciplinary scholarship and writing related to the future of the legal profession.
The Journal of the Legal Profession was the nation's first periodical exploring legal ethics and problems confronting the profession. For over twenty-five years, essays by distinguished judges, attorneys, and legal scholars have constituted the Journal of the Legal Profession's main text.
The Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy provides a forum for discussing public policy questions from the perspective of the Judeo-Christian intellectual and moral tradition. The Journal attempts to create an environment in which a variety of philosophical, religious, moral, and political positions concerning public policy questions can be articulated and addressed, in the hope that reasoned argument and careful analysis will replace the polarization and invective often encountered during the discussion of such questions.