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Professional Responsibility



2016 Fall

About This Class

 This course examines an attorney's obligations under ethical codes and law related to professional conduct.  Students should acquire comprehensive knowledge of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and learn how to apply the Rules to resolve concrete ethical issues they may face in practice and on the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).  Diverse areas of legal practice are covered with some special attention to issues facing environmental lawyers.   Case studies and problems are the primary vehicles for learning.  At least one simulation will be included.  General ethics topics emphasized are conflicts of interest, confidentiality and zealous advocacy.   Besides covering the regulatory system, the course will encourage students to develop personal standards of professionalism and to reflect on their values in the practice of law.
JD:  Required.

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