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Fall 2023
6321 Professional Responsibility - MURPHY,E- 14408

Professor(s): Ellen Murphy (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Procedure and Practice 

Time: 6:00p-7:30p  TTH  Location: 207 

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: (Synchronous 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. Contrary to the UH information, some student materials may not be available online, such as an assigned casebook. A physical classroom may be assigned for this course to give students a location in the Law Center to join the virtual class sessions. If the course has a final examination, the final and any other assessment for the course, such as 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.



First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: Take home Take home      

This course will have:

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

You will need only one textbook for this class, and there should be used copies available. Be sure, however, you get the 4th edition, as substantial updates have occurred between the 3rd and 4th editions. Be sure not to purchase the 5th edition – it will be much too expensive; the 4th will serve you well. If purchasing the text is a financial hardship, please let me know.

Jefferson, Pearce, Green, Joy, Kim, Murphy. Terry, & Brown Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach, (4th West 2020).
ISBN: 978-1642422856

You may purchase a hard copy or an electronic-only version. If you purchase the hard copy edition, you will receive an e-version of your text as well (see the inside front cover). The ebook includes mini-audio lectures, as well as live hyperlinks to definitions, Rules, and additional source materials.
If you choose to purchase a new book, you may save 15% at the WestAcademic site using this code: WAHOUSTON

Both versions include access to the textbook publisher’s PR Learning Library, which includes 12-month online access to 100 additional MPRE-style multiple-choice self-assessment quizzes, three leading study aids, Gilbert® Law Dictionary and an outline starter. The included study aids include Acing Professional Responsibility, Exam Pro on Professional Responsibility, Objective and Legal Ethics in a Nutshell. If you are sharing a copy of the textbook or you purchase a used book (which I encourage!) and the front-cover code is not available, you can purchase access to this Learning Library for $35 here. This is optional.

You also need the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, but there is no need to purchase a rules supplement, as you may access the Model Rules of Professional Conduct free at this ABA website. (Although you may purchase a hardcopy here.)

All book/tools information can be found on the course syllabus.

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