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Spring 2019
LAW406  BP  PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY

Course Description
All students must take one course relating to the legal profession or professional responsibility to graduate. Professional Responsibility will satisfy this graduation requirement. The course can also be one of the most important and thought-provoking experiences of your law school career. We will explore Professional Responsibility from the perspective of the individual choices that we confront as lawyers in our careers and in our lives. You will face these choices throughout your life as a lawyer, and this course aims to provide you with tools for choosing wisely. We will also examine the legal profession and professional regulation and its impact on society. Our textbook addresses these issues in a wide range of practice settings and includes many discussion problems. You will gain a basic introduction to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. This course will also encourage you to think critically about these rules and their impact on individual lawyers and the delivery of legal services. The class hours are compressed in order to enable you to be prepared to take the MPRE exam.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 01-14-2019 - 04-23-2019  

Dates Day Time Room
01-16-2019 - 03-22-2019   WF  9:00 AM-10:50 AM F108

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Students taking this class will be fully prepared to sit for the MPRE exam if they choose to take it. Course may include 1 short quiz and 3-4 short blog postings to reinforce learning of the Model Rules, contrast with the Florida Rules, and application to the changing demands of the legal profession. Students should be prepared to keep up with the materials as the course is compressed.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Professional Responsibility
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Compressed Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s):
MPRE
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
Yes  
  • Textbook Name: Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Pearce, et al.
    Publisher: West Academic Publishing
    Edition: 3rd edition
    ISBN: 978-1634600163
      
  • Textbook Name: Model Rules of Professional Conduct
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Center for Professional Responsibility
    Publisher: ABA Book Publishing (2018)
    Edition: 2018
    ISBN: 978-1641051583
      
  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Introducing Professionalism and Legal Ethics/ Bar Admissions and the Role of the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam; From Watergate to Michael Cohen Log onto TWEN & Log onto westacademic.com for coursebook Skim the December issue of the American Bar Association Journal for issues affecting the legal profession http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/ Skim Florida Bar website for current events affecting the Florida Bar, and find location of Florida Bar Rules on Professional Responsibility http://www.floridabar.org Go to National Conference of Bar Examiners website, find the MPRE exam, and read the section under “Preparing” including the link to the Subject Matter Outline, www.ncbex.org Read ABA Journal, The Lawyers of Watergate (On TWEN site/Course Materials/ Handouts) http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/the_lawyers_of_watergate_how_a_3rd-rate_burglary_provoked_new_standards/ Michael Cohen Got Wise. Will America?, New York Times (December 16, 2018) PRACA, Chapter 1, pages 1-21 Model Rules, Read Preface and Chair’s Introduction

    Material:
    The textbook for this course is Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach (THIRD Edition) by Pearce, Capra, Green, Knake and Terry (PRACA). This is an interactive textbook with an online version that is available at www.westacademic.com/ You should have for easy reference the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct including the August, 2016 amendments. You can purchase a print edition (I like the ABA 2018 edition with the Purple Cover) or access this via the internet but you should

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:
    https://lawschool.westlaw.com/manage/HomePage.aspx?courseID=266546

    Additional Information:
    Syllabus and articles cited are available on the TWEN site; please sign up for the email list on TWEN as well.
      

 
Professor(s)

STEARNS, JANET


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: jstearns@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-4551
Office: A212