LAW 3815 - Ethics and Economics of Law Practice
This course covers the economic and ethical issues surrounding fees for legal services, including: the history of legal fees; provisions in the New York Code of Professional Responsibility, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and other sources regarding legal fees; methods of charging for legal fees; advertising legal fees; pro bono work and government- funded legal services; the prohibition on sharing legal fees with nonlawyers; misconduct that can lead to denial or disgorgement of legal fees; rationales for prohibiting contingent fees in criminal defense matters but permitting them in civil matters; and related topics. The course is designed as an introduction to the ethical responsibilities of lawyers and the legal profession, but has a sharper focus than the traditional survey course on Lawyers’ Ethics. This course satisfies the Law School’s graduation requirement for a course on professional responsibility.
Prerequisites & Notes
Either Lawyers’ Ethics or the Ethics & Economics of Law Practice will satisfy Hofstra’s ethics requirement. Students may not take both courses.
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