Legal Ethics


Course Code:
LAW 335
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


This course introduces students to the goals, rules and responsibilities of the American legal profession and its members. The course is designed around the premise that the subject of professional responsibility is the single most relevant to students' future careers as members of the bar. These issues come up on a constant basis and it is critical that lawyers be alert to spotting them when they arise and be educated in the methods of resolving them. As such, the course will address many of the most commonly recurring issues that arise, such as confidentiality, conflicts of interest, candor to the courts and others, the role of the attorney as counselor, the structure of the attorney-client relationship, issues around billing, the tension between "cause lawyering" and individual representation, and lawyers' duty to serve the underrepresented. In addition, we will delve into some more personal ethical issues that reflect on why students have chosen law as a profession and how lawyers compose careers that promote or frustrate those goals. Special Instructions: Grades will be based on the final examination, which will be part essay and part objective. The instructor retains the right to take class participation into account. Attendance is mandatory. Elements used in grading: Class participation, attendance and final examination.

Past Offerings

2015-2016 Autumn

Legal Ethics LAW 335 Section 01 Class #17645

  • 3 Units

Notes: E -Ethics Requirement for Law Degree. In-class Final.

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