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