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Student Learning Outcomes

Adopted by the KU Law faculty August 21, 2016

Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law

Students will ultimately be assessed on their knowledge of the legal system and legal doctrine. Students will graduate with a broad knowledge of foundational and other core areas of the law, specialized knowledge in areas of interest, and experience with advanced study.

Benchmarks

To accomplish this overall goal, several benchmarks exist throughout students’ three years of study:

  1. Following the first year of study, students should possess a basic knowledge of the legal system and legal doctrine in foundational subjects.
  2. Following the second year of study, students should be familiar with administrative and regulatory systems, possess knowledge of several core areas of law not covered in the first year, including professional responsibility, and possess specialized knowledge in areas of interest.
  3. Following the third year of study, students should broaden their knowledge of core areas of law, expand their specialized knowledge in areas of interest, and engage in advanced study that builds on prior upper-level courses.

Legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, professional skills, and written and oral communication in the legal context

Students will ultimately be assessed on the development of legal analysis, legal communication, and legal research. Students will graduate with the ability to analyze complex problems, find and deploy a variety of legal authorities, and communicate effectively in a variety of settings.

Benchmarks

To accomplish this overall goal, several benchmarks exist throughout students’ three years of study:

  1. Following the first year of study, students should be able to research and analyze legal problems and communicate this analysis effectively in common oral and written formats, as well as have a brief introduction to representational and problem-solving skills
  2. Following the second year of study, students will develop skills emphasizing statutory and regulatory law, develop analytical, research, and communication skills to the advanced level appropriate for a major project, and develop some representational and problem-solving skills to an intermediate level.
  3. Following the third year of study, students must use some of their representational and problem-solving skills at an advanced level in a setting requiring the student to integrate knowledge, skills, and values.

Exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system

Students will ultimately be assessed on their ability to demonstrate a commitment to professionalism, ethical behavior, service, and, as appropriate, leadership.

Benchmarks

To accomplish this overall goal, several benchmarks exist throughout students’ three years of study:

  1. Following the first year of study, students will have gained an appreciation of the demands of professionalism and ethical norms, as well as beginning to develop professional and ethical responsibilities as reflected in their own behavior in the law school.
  2. Following the second year of study, students will have continued to develop their professionalism, learned the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and developed a sensitivity to ethical issues.  Students should also recognize service obligations and opportunities for service and leadership.
  3. Following the third year of study, students will demonstrate a high level of professionalism and ethical behavior in simulated or clinical practice settings, and recognize service obligations and opportunities for service and leadership.
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Questions?

Elizabeth Kronk Warner
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law
785-864-1139
elizabeth.kronk@ku.edu

Vicki Palmer
Registrar
785-864-9211
vpalmer@ku.edu

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