Mother Theresa, thanks much. To answer your question, no they do not teach legal ethics in law school here. And legal ethics are not part of any of the three kinds of bar exams (i.e. the attorney exam, the public defender exam and the prosecutor/judge exam) in Taiwan.
At the Judges and Prosecutors Training Institute they get about one hour ( out of a six month program) of legal ethics. The one hour consist of what might be termed “Boy Scout generalities”; e.g. be good, do not gamble or frequent disreputable places (like KTVs or bing liang stands) or play grab ass with girlies who are not your wife, do not steal, be faithful, true and good and do what your mommy and your boss tells you and that completes the legal ethics training.
I am not kidding about that. The Taiwanese approach to legal ethics, i.e. that is simply consist of “be good, follow the rules, obey your superiors”, reflects a kind of child-like (or more harshly, childish) simple mindedness about ethics and in a broader sense about human psychology.
I really have noted an absolute absence within Taiwan’s legal community of interest in serious discussions of either ethics or the human psychology that stands behind/beneath human ethics. For their 5,000,000 (I may have added too many zeros to that figure) years of history the local folks seem extremely un-sophisticated in their ability to conduct serious ethical and psychological discussions.
It comes out for example in discussions of how substance abuse (be it booze or drugs) can and often does effect legal ethics among attorneys. The kiddies (meaning the local legal professionals) will adopt one of two reactions; either “oh that is not a problem in Taiwan” (which is absurd, I have first hand knowledge of one Taiwanese attorney whose practice is driven by the bottle and I do not think he is the only one on the island.). Or they will give some simple minded homily like: “the attorney should think of their family and not drink so much”.
When I tell them that it is not that simple and the human mind is a wee bit more complex than that they look at me like mooned calves and I, taking the hint from the glazed looks, drop the subject.
So it will be awhile before legal ethics is taken seriously. But I think the book will sell okay because it is the only one available in Chinese and (not to be immodest) it is fairly lively reading. After all sex, theft, lies, bribes and all the rest are the stock in trade of Next Magazine and the rest of Taiwan