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The American Legal Profession in the 21st Century: Alternative Service Delivery Models, Emerging Practice Technologies, and New Regulatory Challenges
J.D. Course 361 | 2 credit hours
This class considers lawyers’ professional responsibilities through the lens of legal practice in the 21st Century. During the last decade, economic forces and the emergence of new technologies have roiled the legal services market. With the recent recession, individual and corporate clients have rejected traditional models of service delivery. In response, more entrepreneurial lawyers have developed new organizational structures and business models to serve clients more efficiently. In the meantime, new digital technologies have emerged that in some instances enhance the effectiveness of legal representation and in others risk displacing lawyers altogether. This course, which satisfies the professional responsibility requirement, explores what these trends mean for the regulation of lawyers and law as a profession.
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.