Curriculum Guide · Courses
Professional Responsibility and the Future of the Legal Profession
Professor Daniel Rezneck
J.D. Course 361 | 2 credit hours
This course will deal with problems of professional responsibility and legal ethics from the standpoint of the practicing lawyer confronted with real-world issues requiring decision-making on the part of the lawyer rather than purely abstract speculation. It will cover such topics as avoiding and resolving conflicts of interest; preserving client confidences; ethical problems arising in civil and criminal litigation, including disclosure obligations to adversaries and tribunals, responding to discovery requests and handling the untruthful client; attorney fees and methods of attracting legal business; and the role and duties of counsel in particular relationships, such as lawyers for the government, inside and outside lawyers for corporations and other entities and public interest lawyers.
Students may receive credit for only one offering in the Professional Responsibility series and may not receive credit for both a course in this series and American Legal Profession or Professional Responsibility or Professional Responsibility and Small Firm Practice: How to Start and Build a Law Firm or Professional Responsibility for Tax Lawyers or Professional Responsibility: A Case Study Approach or Professional Responsibility: Ethics in Public Interest Practice or Professional Responsibility: How and Why Lawyers Get Into Trouble or Professional Responsibility: Lawyers’ Ethics in an Adversary System or Professional Responsibility: Problems from Practice or The American Legal Profession in the 21st Century: Alternative Service Delivery Models, Emerging Practice Technologies, and New Regulatory Challenges or Professional Responsibility: From Model Rules to Role Models - The Theory and Practice of Legal Ethics.
This course is open to J.D. students only.