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Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law, Concise Fourth Edition is the briefer version of Lerman and Schrag’s highly successful problem-based textbook that offers a contemporary and thoughtful approach to challenging ethical dilemmas, encouraging deep analysis and lively class discussion.
- Succinct and accessible explanation of lawyer law in question and answer format
- Numerous problems based on actual cases, in which students must analyze the ethical and strategic issues as if they were practicing lawyers
- Focus on issues that students are most likely to face in their early years of practice
- Stimulating presentation of materials, including cartoons, tables, and photos
New to the Fourth Edition:
- Updates of countless recent developments in lawyer law, including the amendments to Rules 1.6, 1.18 and 8.4
- Up-to-date discussions of how the Internet is affecting law practice, including the use of e-mail and social media
- Engaging two-color design
- New chapter on the changing legal profession
- Reorganized so that the chapters match the practice MPRE questions in Lerman, Schrag, and Gupta’s Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law: Model Rules, State Variations and Practice Questions.
This problem-based book reflects the authors’ broad range of teaching, clinical, and policy-making experience. Ethical Problems in the Practice of Law’s carefully crafted ethical problems challenge students to engage in a deep analysis and participate in lively class discussion.
New to the Fifth Edition:
- Comprehensive updates to reflect the many new developments in this fast-moving field. The authors carefully revised the entire text, adding six new problems and countless new case examples to illustrate the operation of “lawyer law.”
- Expanded coverage of ethics issues for arbitrators and mediators.
- Expanded coverage of the ethical challenges and pitfalls faced by lawyers in light of advancing technology.
- Deeper discussion of issues of diversity and discrimination in the legal profession.
- Updated and enhanced materials on innovations and transformations in the legal profession and the regulation of lawyers in the United States and abroad, including innovation in financing law practice and litigation, and offshoring legal work.
- Additional material on continuing efforts to address the unmet need for legal services, including licensing of nonlawyers to provide limited legal services.
Professors and students will benefit from:
- Real-world problems, most based on actual cases, in which students are asked to step into the shoes of practicing lawyers to confront difficult ethical dilemmas that often arise in the early years of law practice.
- Problem-based approach, often based on real-life cases, offers students a practical way to test their understanding
- Problem method engages students and generates class discussion, because most problems present head-scratching dilemmas that students must puzzle through together
- Graphics (cartoons, tables, photos) throughout, which make the presentation lively and engaging
- Clear expositions of the law allow professors to devote the majority of class time to interactive discussion of the problems
- Transformation of a course from an often-boring upper-class requirement to a learning environment that is educationally rich, engaging and fun
- Shocking examples of recent lawyer misconduct maintain student interest
- A readable and enjoyable law school textbook
Thoroughly updated, the Fourth Edition presents:
- Recent changes to the Model Rules and other new developments in the law governing lawyers, and numerous new examples of recent cases of lawyer misconduct
- Six new problems on conflicts of interest, a criminal defense lawyer s duty to investigate, prosecutorial investigations, and relationships between lawyers and judges
- Up-to-date discussions of how the Internet is affecting law practice, including the use of e-mail, social media, blogging, and raising capital for law firms by crowdfunding
- Expanded coverage of the post-recession changes in the legal profession
- Discussion of the implications for confidentiality of employer monitoring of employees, government monitoring of electronic communications, and hacking of law firm computer systems
- Deeper coverage of ethical issues for prosecutors
- Lerman/Schrag/Gupta Model Rules supplement includes 115 practice questions and detailed answers to help students prepare for the MPRE, and a selection of provisions from the state ethics codes that diverge from the Model Rules for comparative analysis
The Third Edition includes hundreds of new examples and introduces new material on current ethical issues. Outsourcing, contract lawyers, Internet advertising, and nonlawyer ownership of law firms are given thorough treatment, as are recent changes in rules and Justice Department policies. Sure to stimulate discussion, the companion website features a new recorded interview with the Guantanamo defense lawyer ordered to represent an unwilling defendant.
Co-authors Lerman and Schrag bring a broad range of teaching, consulting, clinical research, and policy-making experience to this problem-based text.
Contemporary approach succinctly covers all essential topics through clear, thorough exposition.
Challenging problems compel students to engage in simultaneous strategic and ethical analysis.
Comprehensive presentation of all ethics and professional responsibility topics and issues, including:
Confidentiality and conflicts.
Pertinent constitutional law.
Lawyer's public responsibilities.
More than 70 compelling, detailed problems, based on real cases and real-life situations that students are likely to experience during their first years of practice.
Famous and less well-known cases are the basis of most of the problems, placing students in the lawyer's role.
Recent and projected changes in the legal profession, including those resulting from the 2008 financial collapse.
Distinct graphical elements appear throughout to help students see the relationships among parts of rules or theories.