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210 sec. 1 - Legal Profession (Fall 2012)

Instructor: John J. Steele  (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: Tu 8:00-9:50
Meeting Location: 100

Course Start: August 28, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49517

This course will address the black letter "law of lawyering" (including the ethics rules) as it plays out in diverse practice settings of the students' choosing. Classes will be discussions of hypotheticals and non-fiction articles assigned to different groups of students (with no cold-calling). Writing Requirement cannot be satisfied. Laptops are permitted but internet usage is banned. Attendance required. Attendance and participation can earn a "bump" in grades. The final will be the student's choice between (1) an in-class, open-book, issue-spot exam, during which no internet access, collaboration, or cut-and-pasting of pre-existing text into your answer is permitted, and (2) a 20 page paper on some topic relating to the law of lawyering. Required text: a rules compendium that include the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the California Rules of Professional Conduct. The instructor will distribute (at no charge to students) his comprehensive outline of the ethics rules and law of lawyering and will provide access to his (not required) on-line lectures of black letter law. The course will not be geared toward the MPRE or bar exam, but the instructor's outline is designed for those purposes.

For over 15 years, the instructor was the chief internal ethics lawyer at an AmLaw 100 and an AmLaw 200 law firm. He served on COPRAC (the State Bar of California's standing committee on ethics and professional responsibility) and has taught legal ethics as an adjunct for about 30 semesters at a variety of schools. He is the co-founder of a leading blog on legal ethics: Legal Ethics Forum (

This course satisfies the Professional Responsibility Requirement.

Exam Notes: F/P
Course Category: Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

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  • Professional Responsibility, Standards, Rules & Statutes, 2011-2012 Abridged
    dzienkowski, et al.
    Edition: 2011-2012 Abridged
    Publisher: West
    ISBN: 9780314274687
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $40.52
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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