Law and Ethics of Lawyering - Fall 2014

Term: Fall Term 2014-15 (2151)
Catalog Number: 5311
Class Number: 21036
Room: LAW 107
Class Schedule: M 12:30pm-1:45pm
Type: Lecture
Credits: 3.0
Catalog Requirements: LP
Enrollment Limit:
Priority: Limited Enrollment - 3rd Year Priority

The usual vantage point of the law student and the lawyer is one outside the system of law.  Law is something we study, shape, use, support, attack, change, or act upon in one way or another. But this vantage point is an illusion. This course examines the boundaries of that illusion. It seeks to make manifest what has been implicit all along:  we, too, lawyers and law students, live within a world of law that demands our attention and response–a world of law that shapes our identities and relationships, threatens our disobedience with sanctions, and expresses some sense of the collective morality through which we can test our personal morality and commitment.

The course examines the content of the law that governs the conduct of lawyers, including for example, agency law, criminal law (what constitutes aiding and abetting a client’s fraud?), tort law (duties to clients and to third parties), civil procedure (the demands of Rule 11), and the codes of professional responsibility. It examines the world that law creates, and in which it operates: the criminal justice system, a corporate boardroom, law firms, and the law school.

This course meets the New York professional responsibility requirement. N.Y. Court Rules for Admission of Attorneys and Counselors at Law Rule 520.3(c)(1)(iii).

Grading Details

In addition to regular classroom meetings, students will work in small groups and together draft short papers and participate in presentations. This work will be graded – a single grade for the entire group –and this group grade will account for 50% of each individual group member’s grade in the course. There will also be a take home final exam – taken of course individually- and this will account for the other 50% of the grade.