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LSTD210 - Legal Ethics

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD210 Course ID: 4295 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This undergraduate course introduces students to the ethics and professional responsibilities of the legal profession. Emphasis is given to the strict regulation of the practice of law and accompanying reasons, as well as the standard of care expected by those who work in the field. Important ethical issues, such as marketing, client relationships, fees, and communications are explored. Students will analyze the model rules and their practical applications.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify an ethical issue or potential ethical problem when it occurs.
  2. Classify that issue into one of the nine broad topic headings for resolution.
  3. Research an answer or potential courses of action for the issue.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication and critical thinking skills by utilizing appropriate legal analysis and vocabulary in the production of oral and written discussions pertaining to a variety of ethical issues.

Reading Assignments: Reading assignments are provided in the Course Outline below, and are comprised of selected readings from the text, various assigned MS PowerPoint slides, and assigned legal cases.


In addition to the required readings, the student is also required to participate in the discussion forums. Please see the Course Outline and the Forums sections of the classroom for further details on the specific discussion forums and topics.

Questions and topics posed in the Forums are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Forum is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Wednesday this week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The forum grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the forum entry.


There are two written assignments for this course. The assignment instructions for these assignments can be found under the Assignments section of the classroom. One assignment is due Sunday of week 4. The other assignment is due Sunday of week 8.

NameGrade %
Introduction Forum 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Discussion Forums 69.00 %
Week 1 Forum 8.63 %
Week 2 Forum 8.63 %
Week 3 Forum 8.63 %
Week 4 Forum 8.63 %
Week 5 Forum 8.63 %
Week 6 Forum 8.63 %
Week 7 Forum 8.63 %
Week 8 Forum 8.63 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Week 4 Assignment 15.00 %
Week 8 Assignment 15.00 %

Please access the Bluebook at :


In addition to the required course text, the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

Oyez – Supreme Court Media

ABA Criminal Law Section

Supreme Court Website

Cornell Law Crim Law Site

Book Title:Legal Ethics in a Nutshell, 5th ed - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:West Academic Lib
Unit Cost:$47.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.