This 3-unit course focuses on legal ethics and the law of lawyering in the context of corporate practice, but is broad enough to satisfy the Legal Profession requirement. Enrollment will be capped at 20 students.
|Materials||The text for the course is Regan & Bauman, Legal Ethics and Corporate Practice (Thompson/West 2005). The first major casebook on ethical issues in corporate practice, it is chiefly organized in terms of the kinds of work corporate lawyers do, rather than traditional concepts in legal ethics such as confidentiality and conflicts of interest. Representative chapters address who counts as a corporate lawyer’s client and why it matters, the preparation of legal opinions, the corporate lawyer’s role in the disclosure system that exists under federal securities law, counseling on matter of regulatory compliance, conducting internal investigations, representing corporate clients in civil litigation, and prosecuting and defending criminal cases involving corporate defendants. Students must also purchase Thompson/West’s unabridged 2006-07 edition of Professional Responsibility Standards, Rules & Statutes (J. Dzienkowski ed.).|
|Course Format||Because the class meets in 75-minute blocks and the text contains relatively few cases, reading assignments may be as long as 60 pages or so. The course will be taught seminar-style. Over the semester, each student must write six thought papers of three double-spaced pages or less analyzing one of the Problems presented in the text. Papers must be turned in by 9:00 a.m. on the day of the class for which the Problem addressed is assigned. Students must also be prepared to help me lead the class discussion of the Problems they write about.|
|Written Assignments||Six thought papers of three double-spaced pages or less analyzing one of the Problems presented in the text. Papers must be turned in by 9:00 a.m. on the day of the class for which the Problem addressed is assigned.|
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|Basis for grading||Grades will be based on the quality of the papers (80%) and the student’s contribution to class discussion (20%).|