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Legal Ethics PAR 161

The course requirements, relevant assignments and readings are outlined in the material that follows on this page.

BOOKS OBJECTIVES POLICIES
ASSIGNMENTS GRADES COURSE DESCRIPTION

Course Description

 A survey of basic principles relating to the ethical practice of law. Rules and guidelines governing the ethical conduct of lawyers and nonlawyers are covered as are law office management principles relevant to ethical requirements. 


Required Books

ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR LEGAL ASSISTANTS, Therese A. Cannon, Fourth Edition
ABA 2004 Edition Compendium of Professional Responsibility, Rules and Standards

 This text is available at the College Bookstore. You may buy books in person or have them shipped to your home.   Contact the bookstore by phone, email or in person. 

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Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

describe the unauthorized practice of law
define professionalism
explain the ethical rules of attorney/paralegal advertising
explain attorney/paralegal competency
define the attorney/client relationship
identify areas of possible conflicts of interest

                            

This course will explain how managers and supervisors at all levels can effectively prevent and manage conflict within an office setting.

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Course Policies

 This is a distance learning course. As such, participants have a great amount of flexibility in completing the course. Persons enrolled in this section must complete all course requirements as outlined in the following section.  The due dates listed below are firm; it is the responsibility of the course participant to schedule, complete and submit required course assignments on time.

Likewise, participants are responsible for scheduling and completing the course chapters, the relevant reading for the course and understanding of associated exercises and tools. Material must be completed and submitted on time.   A final grade will be issued at the end of the term on the date required by the College.

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Assignments

WEEKLY SCHEDULE OF READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS

Week 1 January 24-Introduction
CONFERENCE 1 ASSIGNMENT DUE


Week 2 January 31-Defining the Practice of Law READINGS:(1) Cannon-Chapters 1 and 2 (2) ABA Model Rules 5.1-5.3 and 5.5-5.6
CONFERENCE 2 ASSIGNMENT DUE


Week 3 February 7-Professionalism
READINGS: (1) ABA Model Rule 5.4 (2) Cannon Chapter 3 & 10
CONFERENCE 3 ASSIGNMENT DUE

Week 4 February 14-Advertising and Solicitation
READINGS:(1) Cannon Chapter 6 (2) ABA Rules 7.1 to 7.5 CONFERENCE 3 ASSIGNMENT
RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT 1


Week 5 February 21-Attorney Client Confidentiality
READINGS: (1)Cannon Chapter 4 (2)ABA Rules 4.1-4.4
CONFERENCE 4 ASSIGNMENT


Week 6 February 28-Attorney Client Confidentiality
CONFERENCE 5 ASSIGNMENT



Week 7 March 7-Conflicts of Interest
READINGS: (1)Cannon-Chapter 5 (2) ABA Model Rules 1.7 -1.11 and 3.7
CONFERENCE 6 ASSIGNMENT



Week 8 March 14-Conflicts of Interest/Competence
READINGS: (1) ABA Model Rules 1.1-1.4 (2) Cannon Chapter 8
RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT 2

Week 9 March 21-SPRING BREAK


Week 10 March  28-Conflicts of Interest/Competence
CONFERENCE 7 ASSIGNMENT

Week 11 April 4 -Legal Fees and Client Funds
READINGS: (1) Cannon Chapter 9 (2) ABA Model Rules 3.1-3.9
CONFERENCE 8 ASSIGNMENT

Week 12 April 11-Managing the Law Firm

CONFERENCE 9 ASSIGNMENT
RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT 3


Week 13 April 18-Current Issues in Legal Ethics
CONFERENCE 10 ASSIGNMENT


Week 14 April 25
REVIEW for FINAL EXAM AND ANY MAKE UP WORK
RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT 4


Week 15 May 2

REVIEW for FINAL EXAM AND ANY MAKE UP WORK
RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS ASSIGNMENT 4

May 10-16

FINAL EXAM



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Grades

On line Participation-25%
Research and Analysis Assignments (4 assignments worth 10%each)-40%
Final Examination-35%
Total-100%

Grading Scale
A = 90-100B = 80-90C = 70-80D = 60-70F = 0-59

It is your responsibility to complete the required reading and writing assignments on or before the posted due date, to complete the final examination on the appropriate date. If you not submit timely work, participate in class assignments, or take the examinations as arranged, you may not be afforded the opportunity to complete the missed work.

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