231.01 Ethics in Action: Large Firm Practice

Large, multi-jurisdictional law firms face complex issues of regulation and professionalism. Managing and solving those issues require keen analytical, litigation, and transactional drafting skills. This course will offer an opportunity to practice those skills while gaining a background in the law governing lawyers. Students will participate in a two-credit, experiential seminar that can be used for either ethics or experiential credit. 

Students will first gain a background in the ABA Model Rules (and state variants) by analyzing and resolving simulated ethical inquiries that might be received by the general counsel’s office of a large firm. Then, for the bulk of the course, students working in teams will tackle a more complex, multi-issue inquiry that will require deeper research, a simulated internal investigation, a presentation, and a written memorandum. The course will conclude with revising the memorandum in response to feedback and a transactional drafting exercise such as an engagement letter and fee agreement involving client intake issues.

Special Notes:


Fall 2020

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Simulated Writing, Transactional
Simulated Writing, Litigation
Group project(s)
Oral presentation
Practical exercises
Class participation
Kendall Gray
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW.231.01.F20
Email list: LAW.231.01.F20@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - JD-LLM-LE
Course Requirements - LLM
Course Areas of Practice