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Fall 2019

Course Description
The Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program (PREP) develops continuing legal education (CLE) ethics training for the legal community. Students explore “hot-topic” professional responsibility issues, draft academic materials and present on-site, customized ethics programs to bar associations, nonprofit legal services organizations, government agencies, law firms and corporations. The program has dedicated hundreds of student hours to public service and has educated thousands of members of the Bench & Bar. PREP provides a unique opportunity for synergy among law students and the legal profession. The interactive CLE presentations facilitate meaningful debate. Students benefit from interacting with attorneys and learning their real world views on cutting edge ethics issues such as those arising from the legal profession’s use of outsourcing, social media, e-discovery and technology. PREP combines the attributes of an ethics institute and an ethics clinic. Students collaborate in a manner that is analogous to an ethics law firm; PREP’s Director is the managing partner, the fellows are partners and the interns are associates. The organizations for which PREP prepares customized trainings are like clients with the important distinction being that PREP does not provide legal advice, but rather delivers legal ethics education for which the students receive course credit and the lawyers receive CLE ethics credits. PREP’s programming originated as an outgrowth of a collaborative effort with the nonprofit legal community to provide training on ethics issues arising in the context of serving the underprivileged. Today, PREP has not only become an invaluable resource to the nonprofit community, but also has expanded to present ethics training to lawyers working throughout the legal profession.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-12-2019 - 11-21-2019   MW  4:00 PM-5:20 PM TBD

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every academic year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Corequisite: A 400 level professional responsibility course
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Class participation, Professionalism ,Short written assignments, Development and Drafting of ethics trainings, which includes legal research and writing, creation of hypotheticals, rules packets, legal memorandum and corresponding power points and presentation in the legal community of the ethics training.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions: Application and interview required to be considered for enrollment in the program.
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s):
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Legal Ethics and Social Media: A Practitioner's Handbook
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Jacobowitz & Browning
    Publisher: American Bar Association
    Edition: 2017
    ISBN: 978-1634257824
  • Textbook Name: Model Rules of Professional Conduct
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Center for Professional Responsibility
    Publisher: American Bar Association
    Edition: 2019
    ISBN: 978-1641054294
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-8564
Office: G275