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Professional Responsibility and Small Firm Practice: How to Start and Build a Law Firm
Professor Matthew Kaiser
J.D. Course 361 | 2 credit hours
A law firm is a business, but its operation is governed by the Rules of Professional Conduct. While a small firm has to do all the things that any other small business has to do – get customers, get paid, provide great service, manage facilities and people – it has to do each of these things with a scrupulous eye toward a lawyer’s unique ethical responsibilities. Small firm lawyers have to tread carefully: construe the Rules of Professional Conduct as prohibiting any marketing and your firm is likely to fail; ignore the Rules and you’re likely to be disbarred. This course will walk students through how to start and run a law firm in the District of Columbia with an eye toward getting clients, creating value for those clients, running a law firm in a way that makes sense, all while meeting the professional responsibilities of an attorney.
This course meets the J.D. Professional Responsibility graduation requirement. Students may receive credit for only one offering in the Professional Responsibility series. For a list of the PR series courses, please see the Legal Profession/Professional Responsibility cluster essay. The courses in the PR series are open to only J.D. students.