Law 312 - Professional Responsibility
Frances Elisabeth Olsen
J.D. University of Colorado, 1971
S.J.D. Harvard, 1984
This course satisfies the Professional Responsibility Requirement and deals with the law and ethics of lawyering; that is, the standards of law and the ethics that lawyers are held to (or aspire to) in their professional roles. We will study such matters as the duty to conform to the law external to the professional ethics rules, the duty to represent clients competently, the duty of confidentiality, duties to the court, conflicts of interest, the nature of the lawyer-client relationship, and the nature of the legal profession itself.
At the end of this course students will be able to:
1. Pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) and the Professional Responsibility portion of the California State Bar Exam; and, with reasonable preparation, to pass the professional responsibility portion of the bar exam of any other state.
2. Be able to navigate most ethical challenges in practice to avoid violating the rules of professional responsibility and be in a good position to counsel friends and colleagues.
3. Fairly and effectively defend, prosecute, or adjudicate potential violations of the rules of professional conduct.