Director of Academic Success
Law School / Student Services
UMass School of Law
Students will complete weekly practice exams using Agency materials. Students will receive frequent feedback on assignments. In-class instruction will focus on writing and study skills, as well as legal analysis and reading techniques. This course will be required for students on academic probation after their first full-time semester or second part-time semester, and will be open to other first-year and second-year students up to the course limit.
This course addresses the lawyer's ethical obligations under the ABA Rules of Professional Conduct. Lawyers are governed by professional rules and are subject to disciplinary sanctions for non-compliance. But the lawyer's duty to act ethically and professionally goes beyond the model rules. In addition to discussion of the ethical behavior demanded, the course will examine the rules of professional conduct and the values and responsibilities promoted through the rules. The course will explore how the rules' ethical requirements interplay with conscience and moral beliefs, and how adherence to the rules can create social, familial and religious dilemmas for attorneys.