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Student Learning Outcomes

(As Approved by the Faculty, February 18, 2011)

Learning outcomes are the lawyering skills that students are expected to obtain through the completing of a legal education. The curriculum at McGeorge School of Law has been designed to prepare students with the key skills and competencies needed to demonstrate these learning outcomes in the legal profession.

Consistent with ABA Standards, upon completion of a J.D. degree, graduates of the McGeorge School of Law will demonstrate mastery of the following student learning outcomes at the level needed for admission to the bar and effective and ethical participation in the legal profession as an entry level attorney.

Each student will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand key concepts in substantive law, legal theory, and procedure in domestic and international law context;
  2. Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to perform competent legal analysis, reasoning, and problem solving;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to conduct domestic and international legal research;
  4. Demonstrate communication skills, including effective listening and critical reading, writing in objective and persuasive styles, and oral advocacy and other oral communications;
  5. Collaborate effectively with others in a variety of legal settings and context;
  6. Apply knowledge of professional ethics to representation of clients, performance of duties as an officer of the courts, and to the resolution of ethical issues;
  7. Demonstrate professional judgment and professionalism through conduct consistent with the legal profession's values and standards.