Spring 2013
6321 Professional Responsibility - SCHUWERK- 31107

Professor(s): Robert Schuwerk (EMERTI)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Procedure and Practice 

Time: 2:30p-4:00p  TThLocation: 144  BLB

Course Outline: This is the standard course in legal ethics, but with a strong Texas emphasis. It focuses on the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and the disciplinary liability they impose on practicing attorneys, but it also covers the ethical standards that apply to law students in their clerkships and those that will govern their admission to the bar. The course will also address the tort liability of lawyers, again with a heavy Texas emphasis. Thus, it is of particular value to students who intend to practice in Texas upon graduation. The course will use a treatise that sets out the applicable Texas law and problem sets to cover the material involved.
No professional responsibility course is aimed at assuring that students pass the MPRE, and this one is no exception. Other courses that focus on the ABA’s Model Rules, however, may be marginally more helpful in that regard than this course. However, no student in any course should sit for the MPRE without taking the special review course that covers that exam and, in my opinion, no student who takes that review will be hurt by having had my course instead of that taught by another professor. That choice, however, is up to you.

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First Day Assignments:
First Week Assignments - Professor Schuwerk

Please review the indicated portions of your text, Handbook of Texas Lawyer and Judicial Ethics (2012), for the first two days of class. There will be problem sets covering the readings. Those should be available in the office suite outside my office (BLB 214) by noon on Thursday, January 10.

DAY 1: Sections 1.01 through 1.07

DAY 2: Sections 1.08 through 1.15

In an effort to get to know you better, I would appreciate it if you sent me a short autobiography covering (1) your year in school, (2) your family situation (married? children?), (3) whether you intend to practice law upon graduation and (a) if so, where and in what field or (b) if not, what you intend to do instead, (4) your general impressions of law school (the good, the bad, and the ugly), and (5) the things that you would really be liking to spend a fair amount of time on (what really interests you). This is entirely voluntary.

Final Exam Schedule: 05/09 1-4pm  240 TU2  215 TU2  

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement: No