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Professional Responsibility, also known as Legal Ethics, is a required course that most students take in either their second or third years. Our goal in this course is to focus on the model rules of professional conduct because students need to know these rules to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam; they must pass this test before they can even take the bar exam. However, another equally important goal is to help students realize that the rules should not be the end of their understanding because commentators often refer to the rules as a baseline below which one’s conduct as a lawyer should not fall. We hope to impress upon students that their own understanding of morality should allow them to aim higher than the baseline in terms of how they conduct themselves as caring professionals.
Massachusetts School of Law's mission is to provide an academically rigorous affordable legal education emphasizing ethics, advocacy, leadership, and professional skills. MSLAW provides an accessible and affordable legal education to tomorrow’s leaders in law, business, and technology who seek to contribute to their communities as advocates, lawyers, and leaders. Lawyers have substantial influence in our society and MSLAW prepares its graduates to use that power to help their clients and obtain the societal advancement that a law degree has traditionally provided.
To accomplish its mission, Massachusetts School of Law brings together a diverse group of scholars, judges, expert practitioners and other professionals to provide individuals from all backgrounds a rigorous, professionally advantageous, affordable legal education so that they can improve their lives and better serve their communities.