The degrees awarded by the College of Law are the J.D., the LLM, the MLS, the MPS, and the S.J.D. The first degree in law, and the degree that the vast majority of students at the College of law undertake, is the J.D. The J.D. is a three-year post-bachelor’s degree designed to provide a comprehensive and general overview of law, policy and practice, preparing students for the practice of law.
In spite of the great diversity in practice settings and the variety of positions lawyers hold, law students come to law school, in large part, in order to gain employment in the legal field. Not all law graduates desire to become practicing attorneys; however most graduates of law school do wish to be employed in the legal field, in any of a variety of positions such as, as practicing attorneys, in-house counsel, judicial clerks, government policy makers, and legal academics. The College of Law seeks to impart the skills necessary for a basic level of competence for the wide variety of legal positions that law graduates will hold, and the skills and attitudes necessary for life-long learning in the law.
The College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association. As a professional school, the College of Law, relies on standards set by the ABA and, in part, on two primary, external professional assessments. These include the Bar exam and the MultiState Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). Because the vast majority of our student enter law school in order to engage in the practice of law, we also use employment statistics as a measure of assessment. Additional measures of assessment are midterm examinations, pre-bar diagnostics, and course evaluations.
Skills and Abilities
- Basic understanding of fundamental legal principles and methods of legal analysis
- Knowledge of, and ability to research, pertinent rules or principles of law
- Ability to identify legal issues and apply legal principles to a given problem
- Ability to articulate land communicate clearly legal reasoning, both orally and in writing
- Ability to conceptualize and state legal arguments
- Ability to evaluate legal theories and arguments
- If the student's goal is to become a practicing attorney, the ability to obtain a license to practice law
The vast majority of students will enter the practice of law.
- Outcome: Employment within 6 months of graduation
Knowledge of Ethical Rules
The College of Law seeks to insure that new graduates are familiar with applicable ethical standards and possess the necessary skills and knowledge to recognize and resolve ethical dilemmas.
- Demonstrate knowledge of sources of ethical rules
- Demonstrate knowledge of basic concepts of law as ethical profession
- Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental rules governing relationship of attorneys and clients; attorneys and tribunals; and attorneys and the public
- Demonstrate knowledge of means of enforcement of ethical rules
- Develop ability to recognize and resolve ethical dilemmas
Regular or Recurring Activities
- Bar Examination
- Survey of Recent Graduates
- Review of Results of Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam
- Mid Term Examinations
- Course Evaluations
- Pre-Bar Diagnostics