SYLLABUS ethics - ATLANTIC CAPE COMMUNITY COLLEGE BUSINESS...

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ATLANTIC CAPE COMMUNITY COLLEGE BUSINESS DEPARTMENT PARALEGAL STUDIES PROGRAM LEGL 150W61 PROFESSOR CHRISTINE M. ENGLISH-MARTIN ROOM A-102, SATURDAYS, 9:00 – 11:45 A.M. JANUARY 26 – FEBRUARY 23, 2008 OFFICE TELEPHONE – 343-4932, E-MAIL – [email protected] COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce students to the types of ethical dilemmas that they will face in the work environment. This course is designed to introduce students to the ethical rules developed by the American Bar Association in general and to the rules adopted by the State of New Jersey specifically for the regulation of attorney and paralegal conduct. REQUIRED COURSE MATERIAL: Therese A. Cannon, Concise Guide to Paralegal Ethics (2 nd ed., Aspen Publishers 2006). Goal #1: The student will examine ethical dilemmas that are faced in the practice of law. Objectives: * The student will be able to identify and analyze ethical problems from the perspective of a supervising attorney, an adversary, a paralegal, the client and the court; * The student will be able to summarize the basic tenants of the ethical rules developed by the American Bar Association and the State of New Jersey, and apply these rules to ethical dilemmas. Goal #2: The student will examine the history of the paralegal profession. Objectives: * The student will be able to outline the evolution and rapid growth of the paralegal profession since its inception; * The student will be able to summarize the American Bar Association’s involvement in the paralegal field and the development of professional associations; * The student will be able to distinguish between certification, licensing and limited licensing.
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Goal #3: The student will be familiar with the limitations regarding who may practice law, especially those limitations placed upon paralegals. Objectives: * The student will be able to state the definitions of the practice of law and the attorney’s ethical responsibilities to prevent the unauthorized practice of law and to supervise paralegals. Goal #4: The student will learn the rules governing confidentiality. Objectives: * The student will state the foundations and basic principles of confidentiality; * The student will state what information obtained from a client is privileged or protected by the rule of confidentiality; * The student will identify how and when the privilege and duty of confidentiality may be breached or waived; * The student will state the elements of the “work product” rule; * The student will know how the principles of confidentiality impact paralegals in practice. Goal #5:
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