Professional Responsibility in Public Interest Law Practice

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 31/60
Credits: 2
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MW
  • 1540-1640
  • WB102
01/23/2023 04/26/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

Is being a legally ethical attorney the same thing as being a morally ethical one? In Professional Responsibility for the Public Interest Lawyer, we will come back to tensions that can arise between a legally ethical responsibility and a morally ethical obligation. We will also study the ways different legal rules and standards are applied to different types of public interest attorneys: prosecutors, attorneys representing indigent clients, counselors to government agencies, and lawyers for nonprofit advocacy organizations. The goal for the course is for students to gain the confidence to take the lead in identifying problems related to legal ethics and devising effective solutions.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work
Students should expect 3-5 short, interim assignments over the course of the semester. These assessments are designed to provide students with more interactive learning opportunities in-class, and to give students early feedback on their work product before the exam.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Ethics and Integrity for Law Firm Lawyers and Their Clients (SC) (7605), Professional Responsibility (7071), Professional Responsibility for Tax Lawyers (7134)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
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