Levin College of Law
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Legal Malpractice

Course Number: LAW 6930 Credits: 1

Liability for legal malpractice is a serious risk for lawyers and an important aspect of tort law, but it is seldom covered in any meaningful fashion in tort or professional responsibility classes.  This course explores legal malpractice law, policy, and problems, including all three causes of action or theories of liability that tend to be combined under the general heading of “legal malpractice”: (1) professional negligence; (2) breach of fiduciary duty; and (3) aiding and abetting clients’ tortious conduct. In addition to examining legal malpractice theories, claims, and defenses, the course will explore practical approaches to managing risk and avoiding professional liability in various practice settings regardless of the theory asserted.