Legal Ethics & Social Justice

Law 537



Rigorous Writing Experience (RWE)



This course explores the relationship between social justice and lawyers’ ethics. We will cover topics relevant to all attorneys—duties of confidentiality and zeal, allocation of decision-making authority between clients and lawyers, conflicts of interest, solicitation of clients, attorneys’ fees, and the distribution of attorneys in the United States—but our focus will be how these topics intersect with lawyers’ social justice commitments. We will examine theoretical and practical questions, some with particular relevance for public interest lawyers but all with relevance for students interested in how our profession promotes justice and equality. Grades will be based on class participation, short papers responding to the readings, and one 25-page research paper. PR or RWE credit awarded (student choice). 

Complements other professional responsibility course offerings. Substance also relates to courses on civil rights, poverty, and critical theory.



K. Sabbeth

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