James Freeley

James Freeley, III

Full Time Lecturer

Law School / Faculty



UMass School of Law 243


Boston College Law SchoolJD
F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson CollegeMBA
Wesleyan UniversityBA


  • Legal Skills I and II
  • Business Organizations
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Chapter 93A



This course aims at developing student's legal research and writing abilities through writing exercises and research topics related to the drafting of memoranda.

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.

Professional Background

James Freeley is a Full-Time Lecturer at the law school.  His teaching interests include business law, legal ethics, consumer protection law, and legal writing.  He has served in various positions at the law school, including Interim Director of Academic Success and Interim Director of Bar Success.  He joined the law school as an adjunct faculty member in the fall of 2012. His scholarship has appeared in law journals.

Professor Freeley formerly practiced law in Boston, focusing on civil litigation, real estate, and the general practice of law.  He received his JD from Boston College Law School, his MBA, magna cum laude, from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, and his BA from Wesleyan University.  He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Maine.

Professor Freeley has been recognized by the student body for his work.  He received the Adjunct Professor of the Year award four times at UMass Law (in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017).  He also received the Staff/Administrator of the Year award in 2018.


The Troubling Problem of Income Inequality: A Few Thoughts, 11 U. MASS. L. REV. 6 (2016)

Advancing Justice, 10 U. MASS. L. REV. 2 (2015)

National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius: The Constitutionality of Health Care Reform and the Spending Clause, 45 CONNtemplations 19 (2013)

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