850 Professional Responsibilities - §004, Spring 2009

Categories: Legal Profession

Instructor(s) Schweitzer, Nick

Professional Responsibilities: How lawyers see and resolve real world ethical problems by applying the Rules of Professional Conduct, other legal standards and  non-doctrinal standards, including  personal ethics is this courses work.  Real world ethics scenarios will reveal how some dilemmas are decided by legal standards while others allow for a range of legally permissible responses.  While choice enables freedom, it obligates wise decision making which is the main learning objective of this course.  Grading is based on a final exam, short written assignments and active class participation.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to

1. find and interpret the Rules of Professional Conduct for a particular jurisdiction.

2. find and use other sources of guidance on ethical issues, including formal Ethics Opinions and reported Disciplinary Cases.

3. apply the Rules of Professional Conduct to real-life situations.

4. recognize the most common ethical issues involved in being a lawyer.

5. understand their own approach to ethical problems.

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