The School of Law’s Educational Goals for Its JD Program: Students who successfully
complete the Law School’s JD program will share the following characteristics:
- The ability to think like a lawyer
- A basic proficiency in professional lawyering skills
- An appreciation, understanding, and inculcation of the moral, ethical, and professional
values and responsibilities of law-trained individuals
The effective integration of the apprenticeships of thinking, performing, and behaving
(or thinking, doing, and being) will prepare students for productive careers as counselors,
advocates, and judges; as business persons; as elected public servants, and as researchers,
teachers, and philosophers of the law.
The cognitive apprenticeship (CA)
||Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of substantive law.
||Students will demonstrate proficiency in legal analysis and critical reasoning.
The professional lawyering skills apprenticeship (LS)
||Students will demonstrate proficiency in legal research and in written and oral communication.
||Students will demonstrate professional lawyering skills.
The moral, ethical, and professional identity apprenticeship (ME)
||Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a lawyer’s moral, ethical,
and professional responsibilities.
||Students will demonstrate awareness of their responsibility to society, including
providing pro bono services.