Curriculum Guide · Courses
Professor Peter Tague
J.D. Course 361 | 2 credit hours
This course examines, against the background of the American Bar Association’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the ethical obligations of lawyers in the United States. We have responsibilities to clients, the courts, and third parties, and those responsibilities sometimes conflict. Among the topics considered will be paternalism, confidentiality and candor (in negotiation and litigation), fees, conflicts of interest, free speech, and advertising for and solicitation of clients. Professors may also differ in the context chosen to address those (and other) topics: working in government or in a private or public interest law firm; and in the nature of law: civil or criminal.
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 and Small Firm Practice: How to Start and Build a Law Firm or Professional Responsibility and the Future of the Legal Profession 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.