Legal Ethics (LAW-550-008)
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This course explores the professional and ethical obligations of lawyers in the United States and the various systems for regulating attorneys. Topics will include bar admissions, lawyer discipline, formation of the lawyer-client relationship, confidentiality, fees, client fund management, conflicts of interest, conduct before the tribunal, advertising, and practical practice concerns for lawyers, among other issues. Our focus is on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, a version of which has been adopted in most states. In practice, you will be governed by the rules adopted by each tribunal that admits you to practice in the jurisdiction.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Textbook Name: REQUIRED TEXT Model Rules of Professional Conduct, 2020 Edition Publisher: American Bar Association; 2020 edition (February 14, 2020) ISBN-10: 1641056495 ISBN-13: 978-1641056496 Casebook: REQUIRED TEXT This class also has a “casebook” with required case reading. Students will receive an electronic PDF version of the course materials via MYWCL and may print all or any parts of the reading materials as needed.
First Class Readings
ABA Book: Preamble, Scope, Rule 1.0 and Comments Copied material: Red Dog, 625 A.2d 245 Additional Assignment: Prepare a one paragraph summary of a recent news article or blog post regarding a legal ethics issue and be prepared to discuss the issues involved