Legal Ethics (LAW-550-001)
Meets regularly on Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 9:20 pm, from May 31 through July 26. Please note that classes that would ordinarily be held on June 14 and June 21 will instead be held, respectively, on Thursday, June 9, and Thursday, July 14, 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 video-recorded. There will be an in-class final exam to be scheduled during the examination period (August 1 to 5).
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 (Wolters Kluwer, Aspen Casebook Series, 4th ed. 2016) ["Casebook"]; Stephen Gillers, Roy Simon, and Andrew Perlman, Regulation of Lawyers: Statutes and Standards Concise Edition 2016 ["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 not reflected in prior editions. With regard to the Model Rules, however, students may use the 2014 or 2015 edition, as there have been no rule changes since those editions. 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. 19-24, 36-57 (bottom), 851 (mid)-55, & Model Rule: 8.1; Questions of Access to Legal Services and Unauthorized Practice of Law, Casebook: 746-53 (mid), 795-802, & Model Rule: 6.1; and Scope of Representation, Casebook: pp. 293 (mid)-301 (bottom), & Model Rules: 1.0, 1.2.
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