Professional Responsibility for LLMs

Class Unique: 29755
This course on lawyers’ professional responsibilities will introduce LL.M. students to the core concepts and doctrines. Reflecting my background, discussions will usually use examples from civil litigation as teaching tools. Examples from other practice areas, such as transacting and prosecuting crimes, will figure less prominently. This course will fulfill the Professional Responsibility requirement for graduation. Because clients and lawyers can regulate their relationships contractually, two questions will recur throughout the course: 1. Are regulations imposed by outsiders are needed to protect clients from harm? and 2. Do existing regulations make clients better or worse off? Regulations are also intended to protect third parties, who may suffer as a result of the actions lawyers take on clients’ behalf. When considering regulations designed to protect third parties, we will consider whether the harms are real and sufficiently severe to warrant regulation, and whether existing regulations address the harms appropriately. This class is for LL.M. students only.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Wednesday 3:45 - 5:35 pm TNH 3.127
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Final 5/1/14 1:30 pm A-Z

Additional Information

Course Type


  • Regulation of Lawyers - Gillers
      Wolters Kluwer , edition: Ninth
      ISBN: 978-1-4548-0299-0   (required)


Maxwell, Philip K. Maxwell, Philip K.