The class will introduce students to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the New York Rules of Professional Conduct within the context of social justice lawyering to prepare students for admission to the bar and the ethical practice of law. Students will explore the ethical complexities that exist in the practice of law, especially those raised when representing clients who may be marginalized by our society or when engaging in social change litigation. Foundational concepts of professionalism, professional judgment, and the effective and ethical practice of law will be examined using a variety of formats including case law, client narratives, and simulations. It is recommended that the course be approved in both a two- and a three-credit offering to allow flexibility in course planning and permit the law school to respond to developments in this subject area and accommodate differences among faculty in approach and depth of coverage of the topics and issues described above, including the nature and length of course assignments.For students starting law school during or after the fall of 2012, Professional Responsibility is required for any student seeking admission to the New York bar.This is a required course effective with the entering class of 2015.
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