This course is designed to prepare students to chart rewarding and responsible careers in law. Drawing from various disciplines, including economics, history, sociology, and psychology, we will teach students about the variety of practice settings in which lawyers work and the professional opportunities and challenges of each. Among the practice settings we will consider are small, medium, and large firms, prosecutors' offices, public defender organizations, corporate counsel offices, nonprofit advocacy groups, legal aid, and the judiciary. We will consider ethical dilemmas that lawyers confront in each of these settings and survey some of the law that governs lawyers and that is particularly salient in each practice type. We will convene panels of lawyers from each type of practice to talk about their work and careers, the pressures they face, how they resolve such dilemmas, and where they find satisfaction. Students will participate in role-playing exercises based on typical problems confronted in practice. The course will also address larger issues facing the profession as a whole - including the legal services market and its regulation, the distribution of legal services, the profession's demographics, social structure, and working conditions, and the implications of globalization for the profession.
First Year [Primary]