Connecting Learning to Lawyering
An excellent legal education challenges students to push beyond the confines of the curriculum and develop the skills necessary to become successful attorneys. Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law recognizes the need to educate students holistically, fostering a strong basis of knowledge in the law, a command of skills such as writing and advocacy, a passion for serving clients, and a portfolio of metacognitive skills (including leadership, determination, self-awareness, and relationship building). With these goals in mind, the Law School has implemented learning outcomes, performance criteria, and an assessment plan geared towards developing exceptional lawyers.
The information contained on this page showcases our comprehensive, student-focused learning goals and assessment plan.
Why Learning Outcomes?
All law schools are required by the ABA to implement learning outcomes. Not all, however, are created equal. Our faculty understand that it is not only about what is taught, but also about what students learn, and that it is important to continuously seek ways to improve upon that student learning.
Students should have an understanding of what they will be able to learn throughout their law school experience. Our learning outcomes provide this framework for students. Each class offers different opportunities for learning and skill development, providing students with the ability to map out their academic careers in a way that builds skills and values, while deepening their knowledge of substantive law.
In brief, each learning outcome is important in the formation of well-rounded attorneys. When students graduate, they will show competency in all areas, including (1) integrity and professionalism, (2) knowledge of the law, (3) research skills, (4) analysis and counseling, (5) communication, (6) ethics and metacognitive skills, and (7 & 8) an understanding of the business behind the profession.