Offerings

Key:
+ subject to prerequisites, co-requisites, exclusions, or professor permission
1L first year required course
a extends over more than one quarter
c/l cross listed
e first-year elective
m seminar
p meets the professional responsibility/ethics requirement
r papers may meet substantial research paper (SRP) graduation requirement
s meets the professional skills requirement
u simulation class
w may meet writing project (WP) graduation requirement
x offering available for bidding
(#) the number of Law School credit hours earned for successful completion
  • Ethical Quandaries in Legal Practice

    LAWS 41017 - 01 (3) m, p, x
    Given 24-hour news cycles, macro-economic pressures facing many law firms, government entities and corporations, and the proliferation of social media, the practice of law is under increasingly intense scrutiny from clients, the public, the judiciary, governments, regulators and peers. The attendant risk to the reputations of practicing attorneys is much higher than it has ever been. This seminar will satisfy the professional responsibility/ethics graduation requirement. Through analysis of ethical issues that attorneys face on a daily basis, we will study the challenges, pitfalls, consequences and opportunities associated with the ethical practice of law. Additionally, we will examine the tension caused by attorneys' competing interests in: exercising independent judgment, serving as officers of the court, providing zealous advocacy and earning a living. Seasoned attorneys in private practice, in-house counsel and the judiciary will join portions of the seminar to discuss real world scenarios and provide insight into how attorneys can successfully navigate through today's ethical minefields. The grade assessment is: 40% class participation, 30% based on 3 reaction papers, and 30% on a take-home final exam.
    Winter 2015
    Joseph Alesia, Sharon Fairley
  • Legal Profession

    LAWS 41002 - 01 (3) p, x
    This course, which satisfies the professional responsibility requirement, will consider the law and the ethics governing lawyers. Among the topics that will be examined are the nature of the lawyer-client relationship, competency, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and some fundamental questions about who we are and what we stand for as lawyers. A student's grade is based on a final examination. This class will be capped at 50.
    Spring 2015
    Barry Alberts
  • Legal Profession: Ethics

    LAWS 41003 - 01 (3) m, p, w, x
    This seminar will address ethical considerations raised during the practice of law, including strategic, practical, and moral considerations with which attorneys should be familiar. Students will need access to Selected Standards on Professional Responsibility, and Professional Responsibility, Problems and Materials (University Casebook Series), by Thomas D. Morgan and Ronald D. Rotunda, and reading materials provided during the course. Students will also need access to Westlaw and/or Lexis. We will also discuss additional material I will send by email. During class we will discuss both the rules and the ethical situations that lawyers face in a variety of situations. While I will expect students to read the rules and the casebook, this will not be a class where I ask students to recite the facts of cases and analyze them. There will instead be a greater focus both on rules lawyers need to know and on the ambiguities of how to handle particularly difficult issues lawyers may encounter in practice. I will teach this class as a participatory seminar. Students will be evaluated both on the basis of a paper of 20 pages in length on a topic relating to professional responsibility of the student's choosing and on participation. Attendance is mandatory. My practice and travel make me unavailable from time to time. I may hold makeups 2-3 times during the quarter. They will take place on Wednesday or Friday mornings at 8:00.
    Autumn 2014
    Adam Hoeflich
  • Modern Professional Responsibility

    LAWS 41018 - 01 (3) p, x
    This course will explore a variety of legal, ethical and real-world issues commonly faced by modern lawyers in their daily practices. It will address the relationship among the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility, the Restatement (Third) of the Law Governing Lawyers, and various common law and statutory sources of the standards that govern the practice of law today. It will focus on several noteworthy professional liability cases involving lawyers and law firms. Course materials will include traditional texts and statutory materials, hypotheticals drawn from unreported matters, as well as the results of jury focus groups and at least one mediation. The course will meet two hours per week and will satisfy the professional liability requirement. The grade will be based on a combination of a proctored, in-class, two hour open-book examination, a short (10 to 12 pages) research paper, and class participation. Although a list of possible research topics will be provided, students will be encouraged to develop and write about their own research topics, subject to final approval by the instructor. Class attendance is required, with class discussion an integral part of the course and critical to a full understanding of the course materials. The class will be capped at 50.
    Autumn 2014
    Mark Nozette
  • Professional Responsibility

    LAWS 41016 - 01 (3) p, x
    This course will focus on the rules governing the legal profession and practical applications of the rules. Course materials will include the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and a textbook; we may also read supplemental materials from time to time. Grades will be based on an in-class final exam and a class participation component. This course will fulfill the professional responsibility requirement.
    Spring 2015
    Martha Pacold
  • Professional Responsibility in the Real World

    LAWS 41013 - 01 (3) p, x
    This course, which satisfies the professional responsibility requirement, addresses real world ethical issues and challenges facing attorneys in private practice and public service. The instructors, members of a major international law firm, will make the rules governing the professional responsibilities of lawyers come alive by discussing a number of examples taken from the headlines and from daily practice. Along the way, the instructors will give meaningful insight into what it's like to practice law in a broad range of practice areas, including transactions, litigation, and public service. Classes will include both a lecture portion and a discussion of practical exercises. Class attendance and participation will be an essential and worthwhile aspect of this course. The student's grade will be based on an examination, a series of short homework exercises, and class participation.
    Winter 2015
    Michael Sweeney, James E. Clark, Teresa Wilton Harmon
  • The Law