850 Professional Responsibilities - §002, Spring 2014

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.

Prof. Schweitzer teaches "PR" sections for both JD students and LLM-LI students.

Upon completion of the course for JD students, 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.

Upon completion of the course for LLM-LI students, students should have:

1. An understanding of U.S. legal culture.

2. A working knowledge of where to find and how to interpret the Rules of Professional Conduct for a particular jurisdiction.

3. A knowledge of other sources of guidance on ethical issues, including formal Ethics Opinions and reported Disciplinary Cases.

4. An ability to apply the Rules of Professional Conduct to real-life situations.

5. An appreciation for the most common ethical issues involved in being a lawyer.

6. Some insight into your own approach to ethical problems.

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