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Legal Ethics in Contemporary Practice (Professional Responsibility)

Legal Ethics in Contemporary Practice examines how ethical issues arise in U.S. legal practice and how they might be analyzed and resolved. Students will learn the core components of the ethical rules, including confidentiality; conflicts of interest; duties to clients, adversaries, courts, and third parties; judicial ethics; guidelines governing government attorneys, criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors; and advertising and solicitation. The course will also use the policies underlying ethical rules to highlight shifting dynamics in the legal profession, including the post-Great Recession legal market; unmet needs for legal services; diversity, equity, and inclusion; legal education and its relation to legal practice; criminal justice reform; legal technology and innovation; and the relationship between public and private legal employment. Students will be required to actively participate in class discussions and present material to the class throughout the term. Thus, Legal Ethics in Contemporary Practice is not a traditional lecture course, nor is it designed to prepare students for the MPRE. This course fulfills the Professional Responsibility requirement. Enrollment limited.