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+ 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
l Lecturer-taught seminar/simulation class
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) l, m, p, x
    With the advent of 24-hour news cycles and the proliferation of social media, the practice of law, like many professions, is under increasingly intense scrutiny from clients, the public, the judiciary, regulators and peers. The attendant risk to the reputations of practicing attorneys remains sky high. This seminar will satisfy the professional responsibility/ethics graduation requirement. Through analysis of ethical issues that lawyers operating in the public and private sectors face on a daily basis, we will study the challenges, consequences and opportunities associated with the ethical practice of law. Pending confirmation, seasoned attorneys with public sector experience, private practitioners, in-house counsel and members of 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. Grades will be based on: (a) classroom participation (40%); (b) a 10-12 page paper, proposed topics for which will be discussed during our first class (30%); and (c) a take-home examination (30%).
    Spring 2016
    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 2016
    Barry Alberts
  • Legal Profession: Ethics

    LAWS 41003 - 01 (3) l, m, p, w, x
    This seminar addresses ethical considerations and issues encountered during the practice of law, including strategic, practical, and moral considerations with which attorneys should be familiar. Using materials from casebooks, the rules of professional conduct, and cases or articles of particular interest, we will discuss within the context of the rules the ethical situations that lawyers face. There will be a particular focus on the ambiguities of how to handle particularly difficult issues encountered in the practice of law and the rules and framework to which attorneys can turn in determining how to handle those issues. Throughout the seminar, we will consider certain overarching questions, including: a. are lawyers authorized by their duties to clients to lie, b. is civility consistent with the duty of vigorous representation, c. is social media beyond the rules, and d. can there be a conflict without direct adversity. This seminar will be taught as a participatory class and will use structured hypotheticals. Students will be evaluated both on the quality of their participation and on the basis of a paper of 20 pages in length on a topic relating to professional responsibility chosen by and of particular interest to the student. Short presentations of the paper may be incorporated into the class. The seminar will not meet the first week of the Winter 2016 term due to prior commitments. However, we will meet an extra 15 minutes during the remaining weeks to make up this time. Attendance is mandatory.
    Winter 2016
    Hal R. Morris
  • Legal Profession: Ethics in Government Legal Practice

    LAWS 41019 - 01 (3) l, m, p, x
    This seminar, which satisfies the professional responsibility requirement, will address the ethical rules and principles that govern public interest attorneys. Among the topics that will be explored is the challenge of defining who the client is in government practice. Time will also be devoted to exploring the nature of the attorney-client relationship, conflicts of interest, candor requirements and various other duties and obligations imposed upon attorneys, whether they litigate cases or not. Real world scenarios will be used to illustrate the various ethical issues attorneys face each day. The class will meet once a week in the evening. A student's grade will be based upon the quality of in-class participation, a take-home final exam and a 10 page paper on a topic of the student's choosing in consultation with the Instructor.
    Spring 2016
    Lynda A. Peters
  • Modern Professional Responsibility

    LAWS 41018 - 01 (3) p, x
    This course satisfies the professional responsibility requirement. It 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 of Law Governing Lawyers and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. It will also focus on several noteworthy legal malpractice and securities claims in which lawyers and major law firms were involved. Course materials will include traditional texts and statutory materials, hypotheticals drawn from unreported matters, as well as the results of mock trials and jury focus groups in which the conduct of lawyers was at issue.
    Autumn 2015
    Mark Nozette
  • Professional Responsibility

    LAWS 41016 - 01 (3) p
    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.
    Winter 2016
    Martha Pacold
  • The Law and Ethics of Lawyering

    LAWS 41014 - 01 (3) l, m, p, x
    This seminar, which satisfies the professional responsibility requirement, will consider the law and ethics of lawyering. Working with materials from a leading casebook, the ABA Model Rules, and supplementary readings, we will devote considerable attention to the question: What does the law that governs lawyering say that I should do. Topics will include conformity to law, corporate fraud, confidentiality, and conflicts of interest. At the same time, we will explore the gap between what the law of lawyering says I should do and what I (all things considered) might think I should do. What different kinds of reasons can a lawyer have for doing or not doing what the law of lawyering says should be done? Enrollment will be limited to 20. Students will be evaluated on the basis of participation, a series of short written assignments, and an in-class final exam. Attendance is mandatory.
    Winter 2016
    Clark Remington