This course will explore issues involving professional responsibility. Topics will include the role of advocates, the adversary system, the conditions of practice, diversity, candor, and confidentiality, conflicts of interest, lawyer- client relationships, regulatory structures, and legal education. Special attention will also focus on the profession's public obligations in areas such as access to justice and pro bono service. Special Instructions: Grades will be based on class participation and (1) short reflection essays on the readings and a short research paper or (2) a long paper. A maximum of 10 students will be permitted to write the long paper for R credit. After the term begins, 10 students can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. If more than 10 students apply to write a long paper for R credit, a lottery will be run to determine the 10 students accepted in section (02). Because this class is designated as fulfilling the Ethics requirement (and a W or R requirement) and substantially oversubscribed, admitted students are asked out of courtesy to those on the waitlist to commit to whether they are taking the course by the end of the second class. Elements used in grading: Attendance, class participation, short reflection essays on the readings and short research paper. Preference will be given to 3Ls. Writing (W) credit is for students entering prior to Autumn 2012.
Instructors for this course (Past and Present)Deborah L. Rhode
Norman W. Spaulding