This course considers three categories of materials. First, we will study the nature of professionalism in American society with readings and problems dealing with practical issues of professional responsibility faced by lawyers in the daily routine of private practice. Second, we will deal with issues faced by the profession as a whole, including the ways of providing effective legal services to all members of the community, regulation of competition, and the imposition of professional discipline. Third, we will also look at the organization and demographics of the profession, its units of practice, and what professional life is like in the twenty-first century. The course also invites students to address the questions: What kind of lawyer do I want to be, and to what kind of profession do I wish to belong?
Grades will be based principally on a final in-class examination (or, alternatively, a 5000-word paper on an approved topic) but also, to some extent, on class participation or assigned classroom exercises.
The materials will be Kaufman and Wilkins, Problems in Professional Responsibility for a Changing Profession (5th edition), and Professional Responsibility Standards, Rules & Statutes (Dzienkowski, latest abridged edition).