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Professional Responsibility

Front Cover - Professional Responsibility

Sixth Edition


Nathan M. Crystal
NYU School of Law

2017. Approx. 744 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-4881-3.

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With Teacher's Manual, Syllabus, Bibliography, and Powerpoint Slides.


About the Book

Known for helping students develop the ability to make sound judgments and to develop a philosophy of lawyering, the concise Professional Responsibility: Problems of Practice and the Profession, Sixth Edition, is adaptable to a host of teaching styles. Scores of realistic problems call on students to develop a cogent philosophy of lawyering as they master basic concepts and prepare for the MPRE. Modular, flexible organization allows professors to adapt the material to a variety of courses and clinical programs. In particular, the book is structured to enable instructors to present the materials doctrinally or by area of practice.  An extensive Teachersí Manual is full of suggested lesson plans, questions and answers, role-playing models, and sample syllabi for two- and three-hour classes.  The author has prepared power point slides available to adopters dealing with fundamental concepts and the basic problems presented in the book.

Hallmark features of Professional Responsibility: Problems of Practice and the Profession:

  • Realistic problems that develop studentsí ability to make sound judgments
  • Emphasis on guiding students to articulate a cogent philosophy of lawyering
  • Innovative, flexible organization suited to a variety of courses and clinical programs
o Organized by major doctrinal concepts, such as confidentiality and conflicts of interest
o Offers alternative organization by area of practice
o Modular organization for professor choice

  • Manageable length
  • Extensive Teacherís Manual suggests lessons, sample syllabi, Q & A, role-playing models
  • Multiple-choice assessment questions and answers located at the end of each chapter  to prepare students for the MPRE
  • PowerPoint slides dealing with fundamental concepts and the basic problems presented in the book
  • Essay questions with outlines of answers on the course website that instructors can use for class discussion or student review

Thoroughly updated, the Sixth Edition presents:

  • Chapter-end assessment Q&A sections
  • Revised and updated problems that focus the studentsí attention on key issues raised by the problems
  • New and updated material on the effect of technology on all aspects of the practice of law, including confidentiality, investigation, discovery, and marketing
  • PowerPoint slides dealing with fundamental concepts and the basic problems presented in the book

Preface / Sample Chapters