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Spring 2024 Course

Legal Profession

Prerequisite: None

Exam Type: One-Day Take-Home

This course will examine the rules and standards of professional responsibility and legal ethics and use a problem-based approach to examine decision-making in legal practice when professional and moral responsibilities are in tension. We will also discuss the history, current trends and recent developments in the organization and operation of public interest legal organizations, law firms, government legal offices, legal entrepreneurship, and more. We will consider professional autonomy, role differentiated responsibility, and regulation. We will contrast US legal practice and regulation with other professions in the US (e.g., medicine, accounting), as well as with legal education, legal practice, and regulation in other countries. Through all of this, we will focus on the development of individual professional identity and explore the type of lawyer you want to be and the impact you want to have on the legal profession.