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Earthrise Ethics II

This course is actually two consecutive courses that will meet once a week for an hour during the fall and spring semesters. This course will earn 1 credit per semester. This course satisfies the J.D. Professionalism Requirement. This course is only open to students who are concurrently enrolled in Environmental Clinic: Earthrise. This course is not open to students who have taken another professional responsibility course that satisfies the Professionalism Requirement. Evaluation will be by end of semester examinations in fall and spring and class participation. 

This is a two-part course about the law and ethics of lawyering, with particular emphases on public interest lawyering and environmental litigation. During the first semester, the course will survey the laws, disciplinary rules and principles governing the practice of lawyers and the organization of the legal profession.  Topics include the allocation of regulatory authority over the legal profession, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, attorney duties, and judicial conduct.  During the second semester, the course will develop a theoretical frame for examination of ethical duties and conduct, and challenge students to apply the rules they have learned to situations likely to arise in public interest law and environmental litigation.


Earthrise Ethics II:

This 1 credit course requires concurrent enrollment in Environmental Clinic: Earthrise, and completion of Earthrise Ethics I.  This course will continue to engage students with the ABA Model Code of Professional Responsibility, but will approach the subject matter through different perspectives of attorneys and their clients, with an eye toward developing the ability to practically apply ethics to achieve the student’s theoretical conception of justice. 

 Evaluation is by exam. Completion of both parts will fulfill the legal professionalism requirement.