American Legal Profession
This seminar draws on empirical research to explore the different roles and values of lawyers in American society. We begin by discussing various theories about the function of lawyers in American democracy and examining the history and structure of the U.S. legal profession. We then explore the ideals and realities of law practice in various settings, such as large-firm, corporate, solo and small-firm, government, criminal defense, personal injury, and public interest practices. We also consider the functions of legal education.
Seminar requirements include two short papers and a structured research interview. The seminar is required for all Center for Professional Values and Practice (CPVP) affiliates. Enrollment is limited to CPVP affiliates and others with the permission of the CPVP faculty.
Pre/co-requisite: Legal Profession or Professional Responsibility.