Professional Responsibility for Civil Litigators

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON, TUE 9:05 - 10:20 am TNH 3.125

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Take-home up to 8 hrs (administered by Exam4) April 28, 2023 9:00 am


This class treads the line between professional responsibility and civil procedure. It is designed for students who intend to become civil litigators. Students who expect to practice in other fields will be better served by a different professional responsibility course. The topics covered vary from year to year and have recently included lawyers' responsibilities in litigating and settling aggregate lawsuits, fee awards in class actions, principal/agent problems, the writings of Monroe Freedman on legal ethics, the requirements and ambit of the fiduciary duty, the professional responsibilities of lawyers supplied by insurers to defend lawsuits against policyholders, and the decision to drop a client as a result of pressure from interest groups. Some topics that are commonly covered in the survey course, such as conflicts of interest, will also be included. The reading load for this class can be fairly heavy. I also assign many of my own writings, along with works by my critics (I have many). Everyone is expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings, i.e., to ask questions and make comments on them. Because students are required to make in-class presentations and submit short papers, space is limited and attendance is required. Anyone who misses more than 2 class sessions will be dropped from the course. Grades will be based on in-class presentations, short essay papers, and final exam or a seminar paper, depending on the number of students that enroll. A research paper is the default final assignment. This course satisfies the professional responsibility curriculum requirement for graduation from the Law School.

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

No materials required


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
03/22/2023 Exam information updated