Course Details

Legal Ethics for Public Interest and Government Lawyers

Public interest and government lawyering are unique areas of practice and present distinct ethical issues. While we will study the substantive law governing all lawyers regardless of their practice area, we will focus on the ethical challenges most frequently encountered in cause or government lawyering. Topics for discussion will include identification of the client; competence; confidentiality; allocation of decision-making authority; conflicts of interest between clients; issues in class representation; and pro bono efforts in the legal profession. We will also discuss the special responsibilities of being a government lawyer, and the limitations facing a law firm's freedom to pursue public interest work. We will use examples from real ethical dilemmas that public interest lawyers and government lawyers have faced. This course is highly interactive, relying on student participation. Grades will be based on class participation, short written assignments and quizzes, and a term paper on a topic chosen by the student. This course satisfies the ethics requirements for graduation.

Catalog Number: LITARB 600P


Course History

Spring 2017
Title: Legal Ethics for Public Interest and Government Lawyers
Faculty: Muchman, Wendy J. (courses | profile)
Foster, Mary K. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 40     Actual: 12

Spring 2016
Title: Legal Ethics for Public Interest and Government Lawyers
Faculty: Muchman, Wendy J. (courses | profile)
Foster, Mary K. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 40     Actual: 18