University of Miami School of Law CourseLink Course Description - Online System
 StudentLink New   Concentration/Area of Focus Registration New     Attendance System New
Print

Spring 2021
LAW406  CP  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 at the end of March.

This semester, the course will meet on Fridays by Zoom Synchronously for 140 minutes. We will start on Friday, January 22 to ensure sufficient hours prior to the MPRE exam. There will also be one hour asynchronously each week which may include posts on Blackboard, Occasional Quizzes to reinforce materials, or relevant videos that reinforce topics discussed in the class.


Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-22-2021 - 03-26-2021   F  9:00 AM-11:30 AM DL

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. Evaluation will include weekly assignments which deepen analysis of the Model Rules, major differences with the Florida (or other State) Rules, and application to the changing demands of the legal profession. There will be one or more short Quizzes and a final exam given in April . Students should keep in mind that the pace of the course will be fast as the course is compressed, and active participation in class will be expected
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Professional Responsibility
Special Attributes:
Bar Course
Course Delivery:
Online (synchronous and asynchronous)
Special Restrictions: The Class will start on Friday, January 22 and run through Friday, March 26. Each class will meet from 9am to 11:30am. There will be one hour asynchronous each week.
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s):
MPRE
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
Yes  
  • Textbook Name: Model Rules of Professional Conduct
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Center for Professional Responsibility
    Publisher: ABA Book Publishing (2020)
    Edition: 2020
    ISBN: 978-1641056496
      
  • Textbook Name: Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: West Academic Publishing
    Publisher: Pearce, et al.
    Edition: 4th Edition
    ISBN: 978-1642422856
      
  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Chapter 1: Introducing Professionalism and Legal Ethics Read ABA Journal, The Lawyers of Watergate (On Blackboard site/Course Materials/ Handouts) http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/the_lawyers_of_watergate_how_a_3rd-rate_burglary_provoked_new_standards/ PRACA, Chapter 1, pages 1-17, with close attention to pages 5-7 PRACA, Chapter 2, pages 20-38, 47-57 Model Rule 5.5 ABA Formal Opinion 495 https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/professional_responsibility/aba-formal-opinion-495.pdf Key cases: Florida Bar v. Brombaugh LegalZoom.com v. NC State Bar

    Material:
    Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach (4th Edition)

    ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct (2020 edition, but 2019 edition will be ok too.)

    Other materials as provided by Blackboard or the internet

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:
    Blackboard Class Page

    Additional Information:
    We will start this Friday January 22 because this section of PR is "compressed" and will finish by March 26.
      

    PRACA Chapters 1 and 2.pdf
    Lawyers of Watergate.pdf
    Formal Opinion 495.pdf

 
Professor(s)

STEARNS, JANET


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