This course satisfies the J.D. Professional Responsibility requirement.
Not open to students who have taken another two- or three-credit Professional Responsibility course.
Becoming a lawyer is a process that formally begins with applying to law school, continues during a student's legal education and blossoms with the student's entry into the profession. Along the way, a law student should consider the meaning of professional life and the role of professional responsibility obligations and values within that life. This seminar will begin to track that journey, investigating the various contexts that shape a law student's transition into a professional licensed to provide legal representation to clients. Discussion will focus particularly on the issues that are faced by inexperienced lawyers during their first few years of practice.
Students are active learners and leaders in this course. Students are evaluated on class participation (including one class group leader assignment), journals in approximately half the classes, and a final paper or project. Several classes will include interactive or simulation role-plays. Class discussion is often in small groups as well as in the full class. Class attendance is mandatory except with prior approval of the instructor or in an emergency.
Readings will include traditional professional responsibility sources but will also include materials on legal education, legal practice, and interdisciplinary perspectives on professionalism as well as online multi-media sources and films. All materials are posted online.