Assessment of Student Learning and Learning Outcomes


Learning Outcomes & Associated Performance Criteria

 

Learning Outcome 1: Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to ethics and integrity consistent with the highest standards of professionalism as a lawyer.

  1. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of a lawyer’s professional and ethical responsibilities and will understand the role of a lawyer in promoting justice.
  2. Graduates will be able to recognize the most common ethical and professional liability dilemmas and will know methods for resolving them with the highest professional standards.
  3. Graduates will understand the importance of integrity, honesty, diligence, civility, accountability, and commitment to excellence in interactions with other lawyers, governing bodies, clients, and the public.
  4. Graduates will be given an opportunity to appreciate and understand the importance of giving back to the community through involvement, volunteerism, and pro bono service.

Learning Outcome 2: Graduates will possess a body of knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law.

  1. Graduates will possess competency in explaining and applying the fundamental principles of the foundation courses in the first year curriculum (Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Torts, and Constitutional Law I).
  2. Graduates will possess competency in explaining and applying the fundamental principles of the required upper level doctrinal courses (Constitutional Law II and Legal Profession).
  3. Graduates will possess the ability to learn the substantive and procedural law necessary to pass a bar examination.

Learning Outcome 3: Graduates will be able to research and gather information from a range of sources necessary to make informed decisions.                   

  1. Graduates will be able to devise legal research plans that reflect an understanding of sources of law, weight of authority, and the process of legal research.
  2. Graduates will be able to identify and select appropriate legal information and sources by weighing efficiency, content, currency, and financial constraints.
  3. Graduates will be able to execute effective searches that identify and validate relevant authority.
  4. Graduates will be able to obtain facts from a broad array of sources.

Learning Outcome 4: Graduates will possess the intellectual and cognitive competencies that will allow the graduate to work with legal sources, analyze problems, and provide advice.                                     

  1. Graduates will be able to identify the issues/legal theories raised by different factual contexts.
  2. Graduates will be able to critically read and identify the rule or rules in legal authority relevant to the client’s presented problem. 
  3. Graduates will be able to provide advice and make strategic decisions based on analysis of applicable law, legally relevant facts, and any policy implications.
  4. Graduates will understand the role of facts in any legal transaction or dispute and use legally relevant facts to support presented legal issues.
  5. Graduates will recognize the importance of relevant non-legal considerations when advising clients regarding available outcomes and avenues, such as moral, emotional, economic, social, and political considerations. 

Learning Outcome 5:  Graduates will be able to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences in both written and oral form.

  1. Graduates will be able to write a variety of analytical and persuasive documents that are clear and concise and that use proper grammar, punctuation, tone, and, if necessary, legal citation.
  2. Graduates will be able to write analytical and persuasive documents that are well reasoned and organized.
  3. Graduates will be able to write other legal documents that clearly address and accomplish the client’s goals.
  4. Graduates will be able to write a well organized, in depth research paper that proposes and defends a solution to an important legal problem or that presents a sensible way of considering an important legal question.
  5. Graduates will be able to speak in a clear, organized, and professional manner that is appropriate for the audience.
  6. Graduates will be able to demonstrate active listening. 

Learning Outcome 6: Graduates will possess professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.

  1. Graduates will be able to engage in reflective learning and to assess and reassess their professional goals in light of their skills and personal competencies.
  2. Graduates will be independently able to organize, plan, and manage legal projects.
  3. Graduates will be able to work as part of a professional team, demonstrating leadership, collaboration, and conflict-resolution skills.
  4. Graduates will be able to organize and manage their time and their work effectively to meet professional deadlines.
  5. Graduates will possess competency to communicate and build professional relationships, especially across cultural differences. 

Learning Outcome 7:  Graduates will understand basic financial concepts as they relate to business and economic considerations in client matters.

  1. Graduates will demonstrate a basic understanding of how to use financial statements to assess the financial position of an organization.
  2. Graduates will possess competency in understanding, assessing, and applying the concepts contained in a financial valuation report.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate competency in negotiating  a business deal on behalf of a client.

Learning Outcome 8:  Graduates will understand the importance for their career development of embracing an entrepreneurial perspective and cultivating the ability to manage and develop client and professional relations. 

  1. Graduates will possess competency in professional networking.
  2. Graduates will possess basic fluency in business concepts and terminology used in the operation of diverse legal practices, including law firms, legal departments, and legal service organizations.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of business and financial considerations that affect (i) a client’s selection of a legal service provider and (ii) a legal service provider’s business and delivery model.
  4. Graduates will recognize that new laws and technologies, as well as persistent problems and unmet needs, present opportunities for lawyers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors to harness their training and experience to forge new structures, organizations, products, services, and solutions.