Statement of Educational Goals Concerning Knowledge, Skills, and Values

A. KNOWLEDGE. Every graduate should have knowledge and understanding of the following at a level sufficient to practice ethically as a lawyer and to pass the bar examination in any United States jurisdiction:

1. The organization, hierarchy and relationships of legal systems;

2. The sources of primary law and the ways they relate to one another;

3. The nature of legal rules and institutions;

4. The fundamental sources and tools of legal research;

5. The principles of the fundamental areas of American substantive law, including civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law and procedure, evidence, property, and torts;

6. The nature, sources, and content of ethical standards applicable to lawyers and the practice of law in the United States.

B. SKILLS. Every graduate should have the following skills:

1. Within a specific or discrete subject matter, to engage in effective problem solving by:

a. identifying and diagnosing problems;

b. generating alternative solutions and strategies;

c. developing and implementing plans of action; and

d. keeping the planning process open to new information and ideas.

2. To comprehend legal texts and apply the legal principles extracted from the texts to new factual circumstances by:

a. comprehending a legal text, such as a case, a statute, an administrative rule, a secondary source, or a contract;

b. comprehending a series of legal texts and synthesizing them into a coherent legal narrative, including the ability both to harmonize apparently conflicting authorities and to recognize genuinely conflicting authorities; and

c. applying governing legal principles to new factual situations, including the abilities to spot issues, to formulate issues, to develop potential legal solutions, and to assess their validity.

3. To conduct effective and efficient legal research by developing a research strategy, identifying potentially relevant sources of law, locating legal texts that provide the governing legal principles for a factual situation, and understanding the role that legal reasoning plays in legal research.

4. To communicate effectively orally and in writing by presenting material in a clear, concise, well-organized, and professional manner that is appropriate to the audience and circumstances.

a. For all communication, to use active listening, empathy, and emotional intelligence.

b. For written communication, to write

1) an effective objective memorandum predicting the resolution of one or more legal issues;

2) effective trial and appellate briefs advocating a position for a client; and

3) a legally effective document other than in the litigation context.

5. To work cooperatively as part of a team.

6. To practice effectively by:

a. recognizing and resolving potential ethical issues;

b. developing systems and procedures to ensure the efficient allocation of time, effort, and resources, and the timely performance and completion of work; and

c. facilitating effective working relationships.

C. VALUES. Every graduate should understand and exemplify the following values:

1. As a member of a profession dedicated to the service of clients, a commitment to professionalism and to the rules of professional responsibility, including:

a. attaining and maintaining a level of competence in the lawyer’s own field(s) of practice;

b. representing clients in a competent manner;

c. increasing the lawyer’s knowledge of the law and improving the lawyer’s practice skills; and

d. other aspects of professionalism, including honesty, integrity, reliability, respect for others, diligence and hard work, maturity, and judgment.

2. As a member of a profession that bears special responsibilities for the quality of justice, a commitment to:

a. promoting justice, fairness, and morality in the lawyer’s practice in harmony with the lawyer’s ethical duties to clients;

b. contributing to the profession’s fulfillment of its responsibility to ensure that adequate legal services are provided to those who cannot afford to pay for them;

c. contributing to the profession’s fulfillment of its responsibility to enhance the capacity of law and legal institutions to do justice; and

d. showing respect for all people.

3. As a member of a self-governing profession, a commitment to:

a. participating in activities designed to improve the profession;

b. assisting in the training and preparation of new lawyers; and

c. striving to rid the profession of prejudice based on race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, or socio-economic status, and to rectify the effects of those prejudices.

4. As a member of a learned profession, a commitment to selecting and maintaining employment that will allow the lawyer to develop as a professional and to pursue the lawyer’s professional and personal goals.

 

Adopted November 8, 2010.
Amended May 9, 2016.