LAW 5622: Comparative Professional Responsibility - 2231

Comparative Professional Responsibility
Class Term:
Fall Term 2022-2023
Catalog Number:
Professor(s): Type:
3 (3 Contact, 0 Field)
Graduation Requirements:
Legal Profession
Additional Class Graduation Requirements:
International / Comparative
Limited Enrollment - 3rd Year Priority
Full Year Course:
Standard Courses

Grading Details

Midterm short project (30%) In-class final exam (70%)


This course explores and addresses the main issues surrounding the topic of professional legal ethics by comparing ethical and professional standards set forth in the ABA Model Rules with those of select countries in the Americas as well as Europe. The course provides an exploration of the organization and the sources of regulation of the legal profession in the United States, and an overview of select countries in the Americas as well as Europe, briefly highlighting the main differences existing in lawyers' ethical standards in civil law and common law systems. It focuses on the main standards of professional legal ethics in the United States, and compares them with those of Latin American and European countries. The course will be centered on the ABA Model Rules of Professional Responsibility. The Model Rules will be compared with the rules of professional conduct proposed by international associations such as the International Bar Association and the rules proposed by bar associations in the MERCOSUR zone. The course also seeks to engage students in an exploration of the challenges posed by the increase in cross-border, transnational legal practice, and an overview of the ethical regulatory responses attempted so far in this field. New York bar examiners’ approval of Comparative Professional Responsibility is currently pending.

This course has been flagged as a distance education course. This means this class is one in which students are separated from the faculty member or each other (other than specially accommodated students) for more than one-third of the instruction and the instruction involves the use of technology to support regular and substantive interaction among students and between the students and the faculty member, either synchronously or asynchronously.

This course is held on a specific day, at a specific time, on Zoom or using some other remote technology. The class never meets in person.

Comparative Professional Responsibility