McGeorge School of Law

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes are the lawyering skills that students are expected to obtain through the completion of a legal education. Consistent with ABA Standards, upon completion of a JD 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. These learning outcomes also apply to the LLM students.

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.

Each student will

  1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand key concepts in U.S. substantive law, legal theory, and procedure.
  2. Apply knowledge and critical thinking skills to perform competent legal analysis, reasoning, and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to strategize, develop, and conduct efficient legal research in U.S. law.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to identify and understand foundational concepts in international law and to perform international legal research.
  5. Demonstrate communication skills, including effective listening and critical reading, writing in objective and persuasive styles, and oral advocacy and other oral communications.
  6. Demonstrate professional judgment, ethics, and professionalism through conduct consistent with the legal profession's values, standards, and discipline.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to understand, collaborate, and engage with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences in a variety of legal settings and contexts.
  8. Demonstrate understanding of the legal profession's commitment to access to justice.
  9. Demonstrate understanding of career options and steps toward defining and achieving career goals in light of personal values.