Every lawyer in every practice area must understand the lawyer’s professional role and the rules and codes of conduct associated with the legal profession. This course introduces students to the “law of lawyering” and the professional obligations associated with practicing law. We will explore the nature of ethics and how the legal profession is (and should be) regulated. Utilizing the course textbook and other assigned readings, we will discuss the duties lawyers owe to their clients, to other members of the legal profession and to themselves. Specifically the course will focus on the relationship between the attorney and the client(s), the role of the lawyer as an advocate, and the duties of confidentiality, avoiding conflicts of interest and the attorney/client privilege.
This course will also focus on preparing students for responsible leadership and service in the many roles that lawyers perform both in and out of legal practice. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of leadership and ethics in the legal profession, including law firm/agency structures, ethical decision-making, diversity and equity concerns, and ethically providing access to legal services.