2nd Year Tutored Course
Professional Responsibility deals with the ethical obligations of a lawyer representing clients. A few of the subjects you will cover in this course are: lawyer/client confidentiality, conflicts of interest, legal fees, advertising and solicitation of business, fitness to practice law, lawyer discipline and candor to the court. In a broader sense, however, professional responsibility addresses the role of the legal profession in society. What is a lawyer anyway? Are there limits on his or her conduct? Is law a business, a profession, or both? Although many law school students sometimes relegate the study of this subject to the back of the bus so to speak, do not do it. Take this course seriously and make sure you know the rules inside and out. Not only does the State Bar require all law students intending to take the Bar, to first take and pass a professional responsibility exam, you will find that the Bar examiners love to include “cross-over” questions in the regular Bar exam questions. Meaning that, for example, you may be dealing with an essay question that deals with various torts, but the Bar examiners will slip into the fact pattern issues which could implicate the rules of professional responsibility. They will expect that you see them and discuss them if you are to get a passing grade on that question.
Bill Hansult is a practicing California attorney and launched Side-Bar to help students pass the California and UBE exams at the lowest possible cost. He spent two years developing a system that works for both California and UBE states. The program differs from many other programs because it does not use lectures.
Instead, he provides students with outlines, practice tests and a schedule. It is the same memory reinforcement system that Bill used to pass the California Bar exam several years ago. After students master a long outline, they move to smaller and smaller ones, until a week before the exam. At that point, students switch to a "Bar Bones" outline which includes everything in 12 pages and is used as a refresher.