Legal Profession



2016 Spring

About This Class

 This course examines an attorney's obligations under ethical codes and law related to professional conduct.  Students 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.  Study of the Model Rules also supports preparation for the Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE).  The course addresses ethical issues in diverse areas of legal practice, with special attention to issues facing environmental lawyers.   Case studies are central.  The class also conducts at least one simulation.  General legal 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 reflect on their values in the practice of law.
Method of evaluation:
Students choose either take home examination or research paper; various classroom activities
AWR: with permission of instructor for students doing research paper

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