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California Rules of Professional Conduct

[This edition, compiled by the LII editors, has a cutoff date of June 1, 2002.]

Disciplinary Rule 1 - Maintaining the Integrity and Competence of the Legal Profession

  • Rule 1-100: Rules of Professional Conduct, in General
  • Rule 1-110: Disciplinary Authority of the State Bar
  • Rule 1-120: Assisting, Soliciting, or Inducing Violations
  • Rule 1-200: False Statement Regarding Admission to the State Bar
  • Rule 1-300: Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • Rule 1-310: Forming a Partnership With a Non-Lawyer
  • Rule 1-311: Employment of Disbarred, Suspended, Resigned, or Involuntarily Inactive Member
  • Rule 1-320: Financial Arrangements With Non-Lawyers
  • Rule 1-400: Advertising and Solicitation
  • Rule 1-500: Agreements Restricting a Member's Practice
  • Rule 1-600: Legal Service Programs
  • Rule 1-700: Member as Candidate for Judicial Office
  • Rule 1-710: Member as Temporary Judge, Referee, or Court-Appointed Arbitrator

CHAPTER 2: RELATIONSHIP AMONG MEMBERS

  • Rule 2-100: Communication With a Represented Party
  • Rule 2-200: Financial Arrangements Among Lawyers
  • Rule 2-300: Sale or Purchase of a Law Practice of a Member, Living or Deceased
  • Rule 2-400: Prohibited Discriminatory Conduct in a Law Practice

CHAPTER 3: PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH CLIENTS

CHAPTER 4: FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH CLIENTS

  • Rule 4-100: Preserving Identity of Funds and Property of a Client
  • Rule 4-200: Fees for Legal Services
  • Rule 4-210: Payment of Personal or Business Expenses Incurred by or for a Client
  • Rule 4-300: Purchasing Property at a Foreclosure or a Sale Subject to Judicial Review
  • Rule 4-400: Gifts From Client

CHAPTER 5: ADVOCACY AND REPRESENTATION