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J.D. Course 361 | 2 credit hours
This course provides both an academic and practical approach to the ethical, moral, and social issues that confront lawyers in the practice of law, in both the private and government setting. The main objective of the course will be to prepare students to recognize ethical problems as they arise and to have a working knowledge of the rules and regulations that address these ethical issues. The course will concentrate on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as various state codes and state and federal statutes. The course will seek to generate discussion on how ethical rules impact the attorney’s relationship to clients, opposing counsel, non-parties, the courts, and the judicial system in general. Discussion also will focus on the role of lawyers in an increasingly diverse and regulated society, and how lawyers are disciplined for violations of applicable ethical rules. An examination at the end of the semester will evaluate student knowledge of the material.
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: Lawyers’ Ethics in an Adversary System or Legal Ethics in Corporate Practice or Professional Responsibility: Problems from Practice or Professional Responsibility for Tax Lawyers. Students MAY receive credit for this course and Professional Responsibility in Law Firm and Corporate Practice.