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Regulations and Ethics of Lawyers

NOTE: There are five choices to fulfill the Ethics requirement and no student may take more than one Ethics class from among LAW-132, LAW-150 and LAW-151 (must take both), LAW-152, LAW-153, and LAW-154 without prior approval of Associate Dean Libby Davis.

NOTE: This course has three different course descriptions. Make sure you read the correct one for the section in which you wish to register.

Regulation and Ethics of Lawyers - Professor Brian Blum

  • Course Type: Foundational
  • Credits: 3
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description: 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, case law, 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.
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Final exam
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: no

Regulation and Ethics of Lawyers - Professor Steve Johansen

  • Course Type: Foundational
  • Credits: 3
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description: 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.
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Series of assignments.
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: no

Regulation and Ethics of Lawyers - Professor Lisa Ludwig (Summer)

  • Course Type: Foundational
  • Credits: 3
  • Enrollment Limit: Determined by the Registrar
  • Description: 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.

  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Final exam; in-class presentations
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: no