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Legal Ethics (LAW-550-001)
Meets regularly on Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 9:20 pm, from May 27 through July 24. Please note that classes that would ordinarily be held on July 15 and July 22 will instead be held, respectively, on Thursday, June 12, and Thursday, June 26, from 6:30 to 9:20 pm. As an accommodation for any students unable to attend the classes on the changed dates, those classes will be videorecorded.
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 2014 [“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. Used copies of the Casebook may be available, as this edition has been used the last three times the course was taught. 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.
The syllabus is available in the following format(s):