This course is an examination of the model rules and comments concerning specific ethical and professional issues arising in the practice of criminal law. Students will learn the sources of laws and ethical obligations that govern criminal legal practice and practice effective advocacy and professional responsibility in various hypothetical scenarios. We will examine the intersection of various ethical obligations for judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys and evaluate the importance of these obligations in a number of urban and rural criminal courts. This course will encourage students to think broadly about the efficacy of the adversarial system in consideration of the overall critiques about the roles of race and poverty in criminal justice. Although not required, students are encouraged to enroll in a simultaneous criminal procedure course if not already completed.