Curriculum Guide · Courses
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.
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.