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Spring 2023

6321 Professional Responsibility - KNAKE JEFFERSON- 23815

Professor(s): Renee Knake Jefferson (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Procedure and Practice 

Time: AsynchDistanceEd    Location:  

Course Outline: This course is a study of the legal and ethical responsibilities of members of the legal profession. A required course, Professional Responsibility focuses on both the Model Rules of Professional Conduct as well as the current law governing the conduct of lawyers.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Asynchronous Online)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. Some student materials may not be available online, such as an assigned casebook. Any assessment for the course, such as a final examination or a mid-term exam, will be conducted without the need to physically come to the Law Center, such as, for example, via the EBB portal as a take home exam or under remote proctoring.

This course will be offered as a distance education, asynchronous version (i.e., no live, in-person meetings). Students will access weekly recorded lectures via TWEN and will be required to complete weekly activities. Grades will be based upon quizzes, completion of the weekly activities, and a final take-home exam. Please email Professor Knake with any questions: rknake@uh.edu

Quota=40

Prerequisites:  

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: Take home exam      

This course will have:
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Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: Required (MPRE)

DistanceEd ABA: Yes

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Required Course)

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: JEFFERSON, PEARCE, GREEN, JOY, KIM, MURPHY, TERRY, & BROWN, PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH (West Academic 4th ed. 2020) (“PRACA”) (You are required to use this edition, as there have been substantial revisions from the prior edition) (ISBN: 9781642422856); JEFFERSON & MURPHY, LEGAL ETHICS FOR THE REAL WORLD: BUILDING SKILLS THROUGH CASE STUDY, SECOND EDITION (FOUNDATION PRESS 2022) (ISBN: 9781685611170).

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Book Requirements


• JEFFERSON, PEARCE, GREEN, JOY, KIM, MURPHY, TERRY, & BROWN, PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY: A CONTEMPORARY APPROACH (West Academic4th ed. 2020) (“PRACA”) (You are required to use this edition, as there have been substantial revisions from the prior edition. You may choose between the hardbound and the electronic-only versions, the latter is more affordable.) For a 15% discount plus free shipping, use the code HOUSTONLAW at the links below.


• Hardbound, printed version of casebook: https://www.westacademic.com/Professional-Responsibility-A-Contemporary-Approach-5 (includes access to the e-version) (Bookstore Order)
• Electronic-only version of casebook (available only via West, not other booksellers): https://www.westacademic.com/Jefferson-Professional-Responsibility-Contemporary-Approach-4-eBook-Learning-Library-9781684677757
o The casebook is part of West’s Interactive Casebook series. This means that you can purchase the cheaper electronic-only version of the book (“eBook & Learning Library”), which includes nifty hyperlinks to educational and entertaining materials, or the hardbound copy (“CasebookPlus Hardbound”) that also includes the e-version and one-year’s access to the Learning Library. The online Learning Library includes helpful quizzes reflecting all of the multiple-choice questions printed in the casebook, complete with answer explanations.
o If you acquire a used book, you must still purchase access to the Learning Library, which is $35: https://www.westacademic.com/Learning-Library-Jefferson-Professional-Responsibility-Contemporary-Approach-4th-9781684677801

• JEFFERSON & MURPHY, LEGAL ETHICS FOR THE REAL WORLD: BUILDING SKILLS THROUGH CASE STUDY, SECOND EDITION (FOUNDATION PRESS 2022) (Bookstore Order)
https://faculty.westacademic.com/Book/Detail/343373

You will also need a current copy of the ABA Model Rules, which are available on line for free at this link: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/professional_responsibility/publications/model_rules_of_professional_conduct/model_rules_of_professional_conduct_table_of_contents/.