Philosophical Legal Ethics (SC)

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 11/16
Credits: 1
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MTWR
  • 0820-0950
  • WB129
03/27/2023 04/06/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

Some of you have taken Professional Responsibility, which is about the many ways in which what lawyers do is subject to regulation by positive law. This seminar does not deal with any of the legal issues addressed in a typical law school PR course. Instead, it is intended as a brief introduction to the field of theoretical legal ethics. It takes a critical, normative approach to the question of whether lawyers’ activities on behalf of clients are a good thing, from the moral and political point of view. It considers legal ethics not as positive law, or in terms of the sociology of professions, but as a subject within moral, political, and legal philosophy.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Short paper, not requiring original research, considering and critiquing the positions we’ve considered, or applying them to a case raising ethical issues for lawyers. The paper will be due via EXPO by noon on April 20th.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
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: No

*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.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, March 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Saturday, April 08, 11:59 PM