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The American Legal Profession in the 21st Century: Alternative Service Delivery Models, Emerging Practice Technologies, and New Regulatory Challenges
Professor Tanina Rostain
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.
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 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.
This course is open to J.D. students only. This course satisfies the professional responsibility requirement.