A survey of the major legal and ethical issues presented in the practice of law. We will examine the concept of the lawyer endorsed by the rules of professional responsibility and assess the relationship between this concept and the personal, political, and economic constraints of law practice. To this end, emphasis will be given to the rules of professional responsibility and their elaboration in case law, but we will study modern practice from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives throughout the course. These include the philosophy of law, the history and sociology of the American legal profession, the philosophy of role morality, and theories of professional identity. Elements used in grading: Attendance, class participation, short papers and final exam.
Instructors for this courseDeborah L. Rhode
Robert W. Gordon
Norman W. Spaulding