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J.D. Course 361 | 2 credit hours
This course attempts to examine the ethical obligations of lawyers from a practical, as well as an academic perspective. The focus will be on the ABA Model Rules of Professional because every state, save one, bases its ethical rules on the Model Rules. The emphasis will be on those ethical rules and standards that a new lawyer is likely to confront: protecting client confidences and secrets, obligations that lawyers owe their clients, conflicts of interest in various settings, duties to the court, and duties to adversaries. The object is to give the student a working knowledge of the rules so that he or she can spot issues in order to avoid violations and to conform to the required ethical standards. As far as possible, class discussion will focus on actual ethical problems that practicing lawyers may face.
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.