Curriculum Guide · Courses
J.D. Course 361 | 2 credit hours
This course examines how a lawyer’s professional and ethical obligations should inform the lawyer’s judgment in the discharge of her duties to her client, profession, community, and her own professional development. This course will also examine the many roles of lawyers in today’s society, and how the legal profession is regulated. A brief review of the old ABA Canons, Code, and Ethical Considerations will help the student understand the development of the current ABA Model Rules. Using selected Model Rules, practice problems, and real cases, this course endeavors to engage the student in the realities of practicing law in his or her chosen field against the aspirational intent of the rules that govern a lawyer’s professional obligations and ethics. Although the particular focus of this course is on the ABA Model Rules and consequential court decisions that govern the resolution of ethical conflicts, this course devotes two classes to the special obligations of government attorneys engaged in criminal and administrative prosecutions, and ethical issues associated with the often overlooked delegation of the public prosecution function to private attorneys. This course is not a substitute for required study and preparation for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam.
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.
This course is open to J.D. students only.