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211.11 sec. 001 - Understanding the U.S. Legal Profession (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Catherine Fisk  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    MW 2:10 PM - 3:25 PM
    Location: Law 115
    From January 13, 2020
    To April 28, 2020

Course Start: January 13, 2020
Course End: April 28, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 32386
Class Number: 32386

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 23
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 30
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

This course will study the ethical issues facing all lawyers in the practice of law, with a particular focus on lawyers in a public interest, government civil and criminal practice, and labor and employment settings. Lawyers' ethical decision making is guided not only by the rules of professional conduct, which we will study, but also by the opportunities, constraints, and norms of their practice setting. Therefore, in addition to studying the rules of professional conduct tested on the California Bar Exam and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, the class will consider highly relevant empirical information about social, economic, and other aspects of the legal profession. That knowledge is essential to equip students to understand how lawyers in practice actually relate to their clients and colleagues and how they resolve ethical dilemmas. Finally, the class will equip students to understand some of the major issues confronting the legal profession, including access to justice for low- and moderate-income people and the challenges confronting lawyers and clients in the criminal justice system.

This course is interactive and requires participation. For this reason, attendance and participation are required.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class satisfies the Professional Responsibility Requirement.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility

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  • Model Rules of Professional Conduct
    ABA Center for Professional Conduct
    Publisher: American Bar Association
    ISBN: 9781604425178
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined
  • The Legal Profession: Ethics in Contemporary Practice
    Ann Southworth, Catherine Fisk
    Publisher: West Academic Publishing
    ISBN: 9781642422443
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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