Professional Responsibility in Public Interest Law Practice

Section 1, Fall 17

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 26/64
Credits: 2

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 the occasional tension between legal ethics and personal morality. 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:
Midterm Type (if any):
Description: Students may be required to complete a series of short, graded interim assignments (2 to 5) during the term, in addition to the final exam. These assignments would be rooted in the kinds of tasks students could be called upon to carry out as practicing lawyers.

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

Flex examination at the end of the semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

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 (7071), Professional Responsibility for Tax Lawyers (7134)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Concentrations: Litigation and Procedure
Public Syllabus Link: None
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