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Spring 2021

Course Description
This seminar will introduce students to lawyer malpractice and professional liability litigation, and the role of malpractice education and risk management training. The course will survey theories of lawyer and law firm liability, including negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, remedies and defenses to recovery, vicarious liability, prevention, and insurance.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-25-2021 - 04-27-2021   T  2:00 PM-3:40 PM DL

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Class participation and final exam or research paper.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Professional Responsibility
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Online (all synchronous)
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Legal Malpractice Law: Problems and Prevention
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Fortney & Johnson
    Publisher: West Academic
    Edition: 2nd Edition
    ISBN: 9780314287533
  • Textbook Name: Examples & Explanations for Professional Responsibility
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: W. Bradley Wendel
    Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
    Edition: 6th Edition
    ISBN: 9781543805789
  • Textbook Name: Professional Responsibility Standards, Rules and Statutes
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: John S. Dzienkowski
    Publisher: West Academic
    Edition: 2020-2021 Edition
    ISBN: 9781684679553
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Please read: F&J, 1-18; WBD, 1-42; JSD, 3-96 (ABA Model Rules Prof'l Conduct).

    Readings: Susan Saab Fortney & Vincent R. Johnson, Legal Malpractice Law (2d ed. 2014) [F&J]
    John S. Dzienkowski, Professional Responsibility: Standards, Rules, & Statutes (2020-2021) [JSD]
    W. Bradley Wendel, Professional Responsibility: Examples & Explanations (6th ed. 2020) [WBD]



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-2735
Office: G281