This course, examines the philosophical and practical issues, guidelines and problems in legal ethics. Students will develop a basic understanding of the professional codes of conduct and the laws governing the ethical behavior of legal professionals. Specific areas to be covered will include: unauthorized practice of law, conflicts of interests, confidentiality and privilege, proper handling of client funds, referral fees and fee splitting arrangements, retainer agreements and billing, attorney/firm advertising rules, and disciplinary procedures and malpractice.
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Understand where regulatory authority lies as to Lawyers and Paralegals
- Have mastered the sanctions and remedies which are available for misconduct
- Be able to explain economic and political factors which affected definitions of the practice of Law
- Comprehend the difference between the ethical precept and the evidentiary rules applicable to confidentiality
- Have the ability to clearly illustrate analytical reasoning in discussing complex situations which have conflicts of interest
- Be able to at least summarize the limits on marketing legal services as set forth in the seminal Bates case in Chapter 6 of the Textbook
- Understand financial aspects of Legal practice, to include, Billing, Setting Fees, Accounting for client funds, segregation of funds. Have detailed knowledge of the Missouri v. Jenkins case (the only major U.S. Supreme Court case involving Paralegals)
- Demonstrate knowledge of the elements which contribute to legal competence for Paralegals
- End the course with the discovery of interesting and challenging current issues arising in the rapidly evolving work of the Paralegal.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1-7)
Weekly written assignments (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7)
Midterm Exam (Week 4)
Final Exam (Week 8)
(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)
- Cannon, Therese. Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Paralegals. 7th ed. New York: Aspen Publishers, 2014. ISBN-13: 9781454831365
- Current issues which arise during the course will be added for consideration by students and appropriate websites will be provided.
|Week||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignment(s)|
Topic: Regulation of Lawyers and Paralegals
Topic: Unauthorized Practice of Law
Topic: Confidentiality and Conflicts of Interest
Topic: Advertising and Solicitation / Midterm Exam
Chapters 1 - 6
SLOs 1 - 6
Topic: Fees and Client Funds
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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