Legal Ethics & Social Justice

Law 537



Rigorous Writing Experience (RWE)



In this course, we will study the ethics of the legal profession with an eye toward social justice. We will cover topics relevant to all attorneys—the duties of confidentiality and zeal, allocation of decision-making authority, conflicts of interest, solicitation of clients, civility between lawyers, attorneys’ fees, and distribution of attorneys in the United States—and discuss how these topics intersect with lawyers’ social justice obligations. We will examine both theoretical and practical questions, some with particular relevance for public interest lawyers. Grades will be based on class participation, short reflection papers, and one 25-page research paper. This course meets the requirement for Professional Responsibility credit and duplicates part of the basic Professional Responsibility course, so students may take only one of these courses.

Will complement existing professional responsibility courses

K. Sabbeth

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