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American Legal Profession
J.D. Course 1023 | 3 credit hours
This course, which combines material covered in the two-hour Professional Responsibility course with a broader examination of the legal profession, introduces students to professional issues that concern lawyers throughout their careers. The course covers the standards and procedures for membership in the profession, including requirements for admission to the bar, rules and regulations governing professional behavior, and discipline and civil and criminal liability. The course draws on materials in the history and sociology of the legal profession to examine the profession’s structure, including the variety of settings in which lawyers practice, (private and public sector, and public interest), various practice specialties, the institutions that regulate professional conduct (bar associations, disciplinary committees, and courts) and the career options available to lawyers.
Students may not receive credit for both this course and any other offering in the Professional Responsibility series including Professional Responsibility: Lawyers’ Ethics in an Adversary System or Professional Responsibility: Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law or Professional Responsibility for Tax Lawyers or Legal Ethics in Corporate Practice or Professional Responsibility and Corporate Law Practice or Professional Responsibility in Law Firm and Corporate Practice. However, students MAY receive credit for this course and American Legal Profession: Historical and Sociological Perspectives Seminar.