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210.1S sec. 001 - Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law (Summer 2021)

Instructor: Bruce Budner  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Hybrid

Meeting:

    MTuWThF 09:00 AM - 12:40 PM
    From July 21, 2021
    To August 04, 2021

Summer Quarter: 4
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Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 25
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 39
As of: 09/01 10:35 AM


This course is a practical exploration of the varied and often competing duties and influences that guide lawyers’ conduct.

These duties derive largely from written ethical rules and case law. The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct have been adopted in one form or another by almost every state except California. The MPRE exam is based on these rules. We will look closely at them. We will also consider the major differences between the ABA Model Rules and California’s rules.

But we will drill much more deeply than a mere study of rules and cases. This course will challenge you to understand the limitations of the rules and to reflect on how you would (or do) conduct yourselves when facing a variety of ethical dilemmas.

We will explore a range of ethical problems faced by practicing lawyers. We will consider litigation and transactional matters, civil and criminal cases, and the particular concerns of prosecutors and other government lawyers. We will assess the kinds of ethical and moral decisions lawyers must make and the many consequences of those decisions.

Classes will contain lectures but will primarily feature an extended conversation among the whole class about a series of current ethical cases and hypothetical problems. The hypos are designed to mirror genuine practice situations that also could be on the bar exam.

The problems largely defy the idea of a “correct” answer. We will focus on those difficult cases that fall in the interstices of the rules, a place where common sense and a moral compass offer necessary guidance. They are intended to draw out varying points of view. You are encouraged to offer your own experiences and values as well as your country’s different approaches into the discussions.

NOTE: Real time attendance is required for this course. You must be able to attend in real time either in-person or on Zoom.

This course will meet in-person on campus on July 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 26th, and 27th in room 105.

Requirements Satisfaction:


This class satisfies the Professional Responsibility Requirement.


Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: Bar Courses

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  • Selected Standards on Professional Responsibility 2021
    Morgan
    Edition: 2021
    ISBN: 9781647080716
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note: https://www.westacademic.com/Model-Rules-of-Professional-Conduct-and-Other-Selected-Standards-2021-Edition_2
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $56.00
    Price Source: user provided

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