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211.11 sec. 001 - Understanding the U.S. Legal Profession (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Catherine Laura Fisk  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


MW 2:10 PM - 3:25 PM
Location: Law 130
From January 10, 2022
To April 26, 2022

Course Start: January 10, 2022
Course End: April 26, 2022
Class Number: 31952
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 16
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 35
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

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, small and mid-size law firm 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
Exam Length: 8 hours
Course Category: Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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