Legal Ethics (LAW-550-001)
An examination of the ethical obligations of lawyers, with a primary focus on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, a version of which has been adopted in most states (all except for California) and Washington, D.C.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Lisa Lerman and Philip Schrag, Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law (Aspen Publ. 3d ed. 2012) [“Casebook”]; and Stephen Gillers, Roy Simon, and Andrew Perlman, Regulation of Lawyers: Statutes and Standards Concise Edition 2013 [“Model Rules”]. Please note: It is essential that students use the identified editions of the Casebook and Model Rules, as there have been significant rules changes that are not reflected in prior editions of either. With regard to the Casebook, students may use the “SMARTe Edition.”
First Class Readings
Introduction to Legal Ethics, the Legal Profession, and the Bar Exam, Casebook: pp. 24-28, 45-48, 52-67 (mid), 857 (bottom)-60, & Model Rule: 8.1; Questions of Access to Legal Services and Unauthorized Practice of Law, Casebook: pp. 790-96 (mid), 839-45, & Model Rule: 6.1; and Scope of Representation, Casebook: pp. 334 (mid) – 346 (mid), & Model Rules: 1.0, 1.2.
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