Legal Ethics (LAW-550-005)
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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 (with some variation) in all states and Washington, D.C. 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, Concise 4th Edition (Wolters Kluwer, Aspen Casebook Series, 4th ed. 2018) (ISBN 978-1-4548-9128-4) ["Casebook"]; Lisa Lerman, Philip Schrag, and Anjum Gupta, Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law: Model Rules, State Variations, and Practice Questions, 2021 and 2022 Edition (Wolters Kluwer, 2020) (ISBN 978-1-5438-1564-1) [scheduled to be available 1/4/2021] [“Model Rules”]. Please note: The identified edition of the Casebook is required, as there have been significant rule changes not reflected in prior editions. For similar reasons, the current version of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct is needed. The identified edition of the Model Rules is recommended, as it is keyed to the Casebook and will be used for reference in class.
First Class Readings
Introduction to Legal Ethics, the Legal Profession, and the Bar Exam -- Casebook: pp. 19-23 (mid), 34 (bottom)-51; & Model Rule: 8.1; and Questions of Access to Legal Services and Unauthorized Practice of Law -- Casebook: pp. 591-96 (top), 614-20; & Model Rule: 6.1.