This course considers three categories of materials. First, we will study the nature of professionalism in American society with readings and problems dealing with practical issues of professional responsibility faced by lawyers in the daily routine of private practice. Second, we will deal with issues faced by the profession as a whole, including the ways of providing effective legal services to all members of the community, regulation of competition, and the imposition of professional discipline. Third, we will also look at the organization and demographics of the profession, its units of practice, and what professional life is like in the twenty-first century. The course also invites students to address the questions: What kind of lawyer do I want to be, and to what kind of profession do I wish to belong? Grades will be based principally on a final in-class examination but also, to some extent, on assigned classroom exercises. The materials will be Kaufman and Wilkins, Problems in Professional Responsibility for a Changing Profession (5th edition), and Professional Responsibility Standards, Rules & Statutes (Dzienkowski, latest abridged edition).
Ordinarily, students may not enroll in two nonclinical courses that satisfy the professional responsibility requirement. The classroom components of certain clinical courses satisfy the Law School's professional responsibility requirement. Students may enroll in a second clinical course with a professional responsibility component, but the course taken second will be reduced by one classroom credit. Students enrolling in a clinical course which satisfies the professional responsibility requirement but who have already completed a nonclinical professional responsibility course will ordinarily receive one less classroom credit for their clinical course. In other situations where students take a second course that satisfies the professional responsibility requirement, the second course may be reduced by one classroom credit if there is substantial overlap in professional responsibility coverage with the first course. Students should check with the Registrar's Office if they have a question about professional responsibility requirement courses.
Legal Profession, Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility