LAW-2315 Professional Responsibility

Hon. Bonnie MacLeod, Prof. Gerard J. Clark, Prof. Sarah Boonin, Mr. Martin J. Newhouse,

2 credits day; 2 credits evening.

Method of final grading will be determined by professor.

Power of courts over the legal profession, admission to practice, lawyer discipline, peer regulation, law firms, lawyer-client relationship, withdrawal, fees, division of fees, confidentiality, conflict of interest, competence and diligence, legal malpractice, limiting liability, raising claims and defenses, ethics in presenting evidence, fraud, perjury, duty to court and adverse parties, role of lawyer as advisor, intermediary, negotiator and mediator, preservation of client’s funds and property, duty to use I.O.L.T.A. account, advertising and solicitation, contact with unrepresented persons and public service. Judicial ethics will be referred to only briefly in class. Students are expected to actively participate in the class discussion. The Model Rules of Professional Conduct will be the primary source, but reference will also be made to differences in the Massachusetts Rules, the Code of Professional Responsibility and common law principles.

Faculty comments: Professor Clark: The primary methodology of instruction is through the use of video, presenting hypothetical ethical dilemmas. The Model Rules are emphasized in accordance with the requirements of the MPRE. Class participation is encouraged but not included in the final grade. The final exam is a take-home distributed in the second to last class for submission in the last class. One outside reading on the legal profession is required.

  Prerequisite: REQUIRED COURSE

pointer    Enrollment is limited: 20 

pointer    Required Course

pointer    Elective Course

pointer    Recommended for the Mass Bar

<<Course Updated: March 25, 2016>>