Murphy and Nickles's The Unauthorized Practice of Law, An Interactive Course

West Academic Publishing
Primary Subject
Paralegal Study
eBook & Digital
Academic and Career Success Series
Publication Date
An interactive course and companion text exploring boundaries on the unauthorized practice of law and the opportunities for nonlawyer professionals.


This interactive course and companion text considers the extent to which people with legal training, but no practice license, can use the law, as a social and economic variable, to better manage risk without fear of prosecution or civil liability.

The dramatic changes in the legal profession since the 2008 market crash, from the increase in virtual law practice to the rise of DIY services to clients’ increasing demand for efficiencies, have led to a recognition that nonlawyers have an increasingly critical role in the delivery of legal services. The debate gets hotter each day over what nonlawyers, people or computers, can do without running afoul of unauthorized practice of law restrictions.

Designed especially for nonlawyer masters and international LLM programs, these materials are also ideal for JD students in their early studies. The interactive course includes materials for a 1 credit course, with resources for 700 minutes of direct faculty contact and include:
  • Textbook
  • Complete syllabus with learning outcomes
  • Instructional videos developed by the authors
  • Slides accompanying all videos
  • Online or classroom discussion forum prompts for each chapter
  • Self-directed and auto-graded quizzes for each chapter
  • Research and writing projects for each chapter
  • Short answer questions for each chapter
  • New cases on unauthorized practice of law by non-lawyers updated each semester and available online