Professional Responsibility

Section 2, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 75/85
Credits: 2
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 1600-1750
  • WB154
01/26/2023 04/27/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course will build a working knowledge of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Responsibility and how they apply to the types of issues that commonly arise in the practice of law, including an introduction to the potential for variation across jurisdictions. In addition, the course will address the role of an attorney as a licensed professional subject to rules of professional conduct vis-à-vis the client, the courts, the organized bar, and the community. The course will introduce students to resources helpful to understanding application and interpretation of the rules

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of the semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: There will be 3 brief written homework assignments designed to build familiarity with accessing legal ethics opinions, resources regarding jurisdictional variation, and ethics issues in the news. The assignments are to find and summarize one resource in each category.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Ethics and Integrity for Law Firm Lawyers and Their Clients (SC) (7605), Professional Responsibility for Tax Lawyers (7134), Professional Responsibility in Public Interest Law Practice (7072)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, 2019 edition (hard copy or electronic version).
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: Yes

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM