Law Firm Economics and the Public Interest: Advancing the Commitment to Pro Bono Publico through Law Firms and Other Legal Institutions
Elizabeth Dewey and
J.D. Seminar 135
| 1 credit hours
This seminar will focus on the intersection and tension between the economics of large law firm practice and the public service obligation of the profession. In recent years, the legal market has undergone tremendous change, from law firm mergers and failures to laid off and deferred associates. At the same time, both law firms and in-house corporate legal departments have substantially increased their commitments to pro bono client service. Are these two trends sustainable? Only by understanding the law firm business model and the forces behind the legal profession's commitment to providing free legal services can this question be answered.
The seminar will focus on how law firms interact with other legal institutions, such as corporate counsel departments, law schools, legal media, bar associations and non-profit legal services organizations, to advance the professional obligation of pro bono publico. The seminar, led by the pro bono partners at two major international law firms, will also feature an array of guest speakers, including economists, law firm consultants, law firm managing partners, and legal services leaders.
The seminar will be open to any student interested in issues concerning the legal profession and professional responsibility, and should be of interest to anyone who expects to work at or interact with major law firms, either from a fee-paying client or public interest organization perspective. Based on the knowledge gained from class discussions and readings, each seminar registrant will develop a pro bono business plan designed either to increase the amount of pro bono undertaken at their future firm or to gain support for and implement a new pro bono project at the firm.
Note: WEEK ONE COURSE. This seminar will meet for one week only on the following days: Monday, January 9, 2017, through Thursday, January 12, 2017, 5:45 p.m. - 9:05 p.m. This course is mandatory pass/fail and will not count toward the 7 credit pass/fail limit for J.D. students.
Note: Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory and all enrolled students must attend the first class in order to remain enrolled. Students on the wait list must attend the first class in order to be admitted off the wait list. Enrolled students will have until the beginning of the second class session to request a drop by contacting the Office of the Registrar. Once the second class session begins, students may only seek a withdrawal by contacting an academic advisor in the Office of JD Academic Services. Withdrawals are permitted up until the last class for this specific course.
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||Dewey, Elizabeth /
Schulman, Steven H.