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Fall 2021
6321 Professional Responsibility (Distance Learning) - KNAKE JEFFERSON- 27288

Professor(s): Renee Knake Jefferson (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Procedure and Practice 

Time: ARRANGED    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 revised 4/8/21

Course Notes: Asynchronous  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:



First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: Take Home exam      

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: Required (MPRE)

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Required Course)

Course Materials (3/26/2021 10:05:42 AM)

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: (1) Jefferson, Pearce, Green, Joy, Kim, Murphy, Terry, & Brown, Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach (West Academic4th ed. 2020) (“PRACA”) (2) Knake & Murphy, Legal Ethics for the Real World: Building Skills Through Case Study (Foundation Press 2018)

(1)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: (includes access to the e-version)

· Electronic-only version of casebook (available only via West, not other booksellers):

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. Because I will not be assigning the interactive features of the casebook in class, you are welcome to buy a used copy of the 4th Edition (if there are used copies available). You may wish to separately purchase access to the Learning Library ($35 only).