Legal Ethics (LAW-550-003)
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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 California) and Washington, D.C. Methods of assessment include a final exam and class participation, including general participation and performance on in-class on-call assignments. Note: This course will not satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.
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) (ISBN 978-1-4548-6304-5) ["Casebook"]; Stephen Gillers, Roy Simon, and Andrew Perlman, Regulation of Lawyers: Statutes and Standards Concise Edition 2018 (ISBN 978-1-4548-9442-1) ["Model Rules"]. These two books are also available together as a bundle (ISBN 978-1-4548-9815-3). 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 Casebook, students may use the "SMARTe Edition." With regard to the Model Rules, the 2018 edition is scheduled to be published in late-November.
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; and Questions of Access to Legal Services and Unauthorized Practice of Law -- Casebook: pp. 746-53 (mid), 795-802; & Model Rule: 6.1.
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