Most law schools require students to take a mandatory class in ethics, and most U.S. states require applicants to pass an ethics exam (in addition to the Bar Exam!). These type of issues are generally addressed in by those prerequisites to becoming an attorney. Moreover, many states also require admitted attorneys to take a certain amount of hours in Continuing Legal Education (CLEs), often designating some of those in ethics classes.
Desiree recommends the following next steps:
As a practical matter, the best approach is to avoid this problem in the first place. In particular, you want to prevent your client from lying to you - if you don't have the truth, or if you can't trust your client, you aren't able to effectively and ethically represent them.
As such, it's good practice to pick clients carefully, and actively manage your relationship with your client. When deciding to represent a client, consider whether they honest they are likely to be with you.Moreover, once you have decided to represent, make sure they understand the importance of honesty, and that you will not help them lie. Finally, be sure to interview them carefully, and repeatedly, to make sure you have the story right.
Sheel recommends the following next steps: