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 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.
• Weekly seminar reading assignments, journal entries and discussions:
o The seminar will meet weekly; students will meet in small groups as well as in the full class for discussions
o Students will take the Myers-Briggs Type Instrument (MBTI) at the beginning of the semester; a trained MBTI administrator will explain and discuss the instrument outcomes during one of the seminar classes
o Students will submit 2 page journals most weeks; several classes will include interactive, experiential simulations
o A final paper and/or project will be required
o Readings will include traditional professional responsibility sources such as the new NY Rules of Professional Conduct, ethics opinions, and applicable case law but will also include materials on legal education, legal practice, and interdisciplinary perspectives on professionalism as well as online multi-media sources and films