Legal Profession: American Legal Profession

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Winter 2014 Course
Meets: F, W, Th, M, T 2:00pm - 4:15pm in WCC Room B010
2 classroom credits

This course will deal with selected aspects of the history, organization, economics, ethics, and possible futures of the legal profession in the United States. Likely topics will include, in addition to the ABA's Model Rules of Professional Conduct: demographic changes in the profession, the evolution of law firms, bar associations, and law schools from the early twentieth century to the present; the development of corporate law, personal injury, mass torts, prosecutorial and criminal defense practices, and the "public-interest" bar; the dominant professional ethic of adversary-advocacy, and its critics; the regulation of lawyers; the economics of the market for legal services; and the organization and culture of law firm practice. Ethical problems will be examined as they arise in different practice contexts: litigation, corporate counseling, plaintiff's personal-injury, prosecution and defense, and cause lawyering.

Subject Areas: Legal Profession, Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility .