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Regulations and Ethics of Lawyers

Taught by Professor Blum

This course considers the legal obligations, ethical expectations, and
professionalism standards applicable to attorneys in both their professional
and personal capacities. We examine an attorney’s professional conduct
requirements in relation to clients, other attorneys, the courts, the legal
system, and the broader community.  The course focuses on the ABA Model
Rules of Professional Conduct and the manner in which the regulation of the
legal profession is judicially interpreted. We will examine the rules, caselaw,
and specific ethical problems and dilemmas. Although discussion of general
ethical and philosophical values are integrated into the course, the focus of
the course is on the practical operation of the rules of professional conduct.

This is a graded course that satisfies the professionalism requirement.
Evaluation will be by an unscheduled final exam. 

In accordance with ABA accreditation standards and the law school’s requirements, students are required to attend classes regularly and to prepare for classes conscientiously. The means of enforcing this requirement, as well as class policies on podcasts and the use of electronic devices in class will be announced in the initial class syllabus.

 

Taught by Professor Johansen

This course considers the legal obligations and ethical expectations of an attorney in not only a professional capacity but also on a non-professional, personal level.  Examined are the professional conduct requirements relative to an attorney’s relationship with clients, other attorneys, the legal system and even the community at large.  While certainly many of the issues considered are rooted in ethical philosophy, there should be no confusion that this is a jurisprudential theory course.  The content focuses on the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct and how this regulatory scheme is being judicially interpreted.

The application of these rules are analyzed through problem situations using cases, readings, videos and guest commentators.  This is a graded course.  Students will be assessed based on a series of short assignments

This course satisfies the professionalism requirement.

 

Taught by Professor Peterson 

This course explores the legal and ethical obligations of lawyers as well as the expectations of professionalism relevant to lawyers in their roles as lawyers and in their personal lives. The professional conduct requirements in an attorney’s relationship to clients, to other parties and opposing counsel, to the courts, and to the community at large will be covered. Specifically, the student will emerge with a working knowledge of the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the Oregon Rules of Professional Conduct, pointing out significant lines of departure. Although this course will be of value to students in preparing for the MPRE, the focus will be particularly well suited for students planning on practicing law in Oregon.

The course will be taught in a contextual manner by the use of real world scenarios that will require an assessment of the relevant rules and the student’s written analysis applying those rules. Students will be assessed based on their written responses to a series of assigned scenarios. No final examination will be offered.

This course satisfies the professionalism requirement.

Summer ONLY

This course considers the ethical obligations and professional expectations of attorneys in not only a professional capacity but also on a non-professional, personal level. Examined are the professional conduct requirements relative to an attorney?s relationship with clients, other attorneys, the legal system and even the community at large. While certainly many of the issues considered are rooted in ethical philosophy, there should be no confusion that this is a jurisprudential theory course. A major goal of the class is to prepare students for the analysis and discussion of real world ethical problems they will face in practice.

The summer course consists of two major components: a thorough review of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the application of those rules to challenging contexts of legal practice. In addition to a final exam the class will include student presentations incorporating application of the ethics rules.

*This course satisfies the professionalism requirement.

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