Professional Responsibility



SLN #: 13080
Course Prefix: LAW-638
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor(s): Stuart

Course Description:
This class will meet Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:00 am - 9:55 am for 10 weeks. The last class will be held Thursday, March 15.

We will initially examine the law of lawyering and professional ethics from ground level (The Restatement (Third) of the Law of Lawyering, and The Arizona Rules of Professional Responsibility). Then we will take a wider view at the intersection of ethics and successful law practice. Rules and practice standards are pathways to understanding the complex calculus that is professional responsibility. The narrow view is an assessment of the “do nots” of the legal world. The wider view is not just an incidental adjunct to the law school curriculum. Nor is it merely a way for lawyers to stay out of trouble. It is central to the practice of law and so, to the understanding of that practice. We will read rules and study written standards as benchmarks. Case law in disciplinary and malpractice cases will advance the discussion. By the end of the semester, I hope to engage each student on the most important question of our professional lives. What can ethics contribute a lawyer’s professional life that is of enduring worth?

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 3
Grading Option: Numeric Grade or Letter Grade Only
Graduation Writing Requirement: No
Flexible Writing Requirement: No
Skills Requirement: No
Limited Enrollment Number: 35
Final Exam Given: Yes
Final Exam Type: In-Class
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Online Course Site: Blackboard